3 Filipino families affected by tanker blast in Italy

Paterno R. Esmaquel II
3 Filipino families affected by tanker blast in Italy


The apartment units of these 3 Filipino families 'were damaged by the blast,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

MANILA, Philippines – The recent fuel tanker blast near the Bologna airport in Italy affected 3 Filipino families, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday, August 7.

The Philippine consulate general in Milan said the apartment units of these 3 families “were damaged by the blast.”

These 3 Filipino families included 10 individuals, among whom were 2 minors and 2 infants. 

“Consul General Irene Susan Natividad said the explosion blew off the doors and windows of the apartment units of the three families and damaged a number of articles inside,” the DFA said.

At least one person died and more than 40 others were injured on Monday, August 6, after a tanker truck exploded creating a fireball on a motorway just outside the northern Italian city of Bologna, the Italian fire service said. 

The blast that engulfed the area with flames and black smoke and caused a bridge to partially collapse occurred near Borgo Paginale to the west of the city, close to Bologna airport, the fire service added on Twitter. – with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com

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Paterno R. Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He finished MA Journalism in Ateneo and MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email pat.esmaquel@rappler.com