Palace condoles with victims of California wildfires

THE Philippine Government extended its sympathies to the families of victims of wildfires that devastated Northern California’s wine country, leaving over 30 people dead and thousands others homeless, Malacañang said on Saturday.

“We express our sympathies to the families of victims, whose lives and properties were lost during the raging Northern California wildfires,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.

“The wildfires, which began on October 8, have swept the California’s wine country, leaving more than 30 deaths and thousands of people homeless,” he added.

The deadliest wildfires recorded in the state's history claimed the lives of at least 36 people since the outbreak erupted on Sunday night, October 8, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said.

Cal Fire said wildfires have burned more than 221,000 acres of land and destroyed an estimated 5,7000 structures.

Around 90,000 people have also been reportedly displaced by fires.

Abella said there were no Filipino casualties after flames began fanning across Northern California’s wine country.

He said the Philippine Government is closely monitoring the condition of around 18,000 Filipinos residing in the wine country and surrounding counties of Northern California.

“None of the almost 18,000 Filipinos in the wine country and surrounding counties have been reported among the casualties,” the presidential spokesman said.

“Nonetheless, we continue to reach out to the Filipino communities in the affected areas, particularly in the Napa and Sonoma counties, to ascertain the condition of our fellow countrymen,” he added. (SunStar Philippines)

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