US, UK embassies closed due to flooding-A A +A
Monday, August 19, 2013
ASIDE from Philippine government offices, the embassies of the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) were forced to close their offices amid the torrential rains and severe flooding brought by the Southwest Monsoon strengthened by Tropical Storm "Maring."
In separate advisories, the US and UK embassies said the move is important in ensuring the safety of both their employees as well as the public amid the rains and floods.
"All consular appointments scheduled today are cancelled," said the UK Embassy in its Twitter account.
The British embassy added that those looking for further information regarding their consular appointments may send an email at Cons.Manila@fco.gov.uk or call phone numbers (02) 8582200.
"The US Embassy will be closed Monday, August 19, 2013, due to severe flooding in and around Metro Manila," said the US Embassy in its Facebook account.
The American embassy said individuals with scheduled visa interviews may contact their visa information service at 02-982-5555 to reschedule their appointments.
Nevertheless, the two embassies assured their respective nationals of their readiness to assist them in case they are affected by the flooding and torrential rains.
"Advice for British nationals - If you have been affected by heavy rain or floods and require assistance, please call (02)8582200. Take care!" said the UK Embassy.
"For emergencies involving US citizens, please contact the American Citizen Services Unit of the US Embassy's Consular Section through the after-hours emergency telephone (632) 301-2000 or (632) 708-9703," said the US Embassy.
On Monday morning, Malacanang ordered the suspension of government work and classes in Metro Manila as well as in the provinces of Pangasinan, Benguet, Bataan, Zambales, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, and Occidental Mindoro. (HDT/Sunnex)