'Puro dugo pala ako': OFW recounts harrowing experience in Beirut blast

A Filipina domestic helper in Lebanon who had a clear view of the massive explosion in Port of Beirut recounts her harrowing experience, and the shock of seeing the extent of the blast's damage

8/5/2020 9:02:00 AM

A Filipina domestic helper in Lebanon who had a clear view of the massive explosion in Port of Beirut recounts her harrowing experience, and the shock of seeing the extent of the blast's damage

The home of Ursula Guila's employer was located five minutes away from Tuesday's blast site. She was inside a room surrounded by windows where she saw the dark, billowing smoke. The impact of the blast was strong enough to blow out windows in the city, flip cars, and damage distant buildings.

— A Filipina domestic helper in Lebanon who had a clear view of themassive explosion in Port of Beiruton Wednesday recounted her harrowing experience, and the shock of seeing the extent of the blast's damage.The home of Ursula Guila's employer was located five minutes away from Tuesday's blast site. Guila was inside a room surrounded by windows where she saw the dark, billowing smoke. The impact of the blast was strong enough to blow out windows in the city, flip cars, and damage distant buildings.

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"Binuksan ko. Doon na ako napalipad, doon na ako napatapon, basta bumagsak ako sa sahig... Doon ko na nakita na tumutulo na ang dugo ko. Marami nang dugo sa sahig na umaagos. Hinipo ko yung mukha ko, puro dugo pala ako. Wala akong naramdaman kasi noong oras na 'yun," she told CNN Philippines.

[Translation: I opened the window and I was thrown in the air by the impact, then I dropped on the floor. I saw that blood was dripping, the floor was covered in my blood. I touched my face and realized I was already bleeding. At that time I didn't feel anything.]

Guila sustained a deep cut on her elbow and a gushing wound on the side of her head. She said shattered glass are also lodged in her mouth and face.When the shock and shaking wore off, she tried to go to a hospital. But she quickly went home when she saw that it was filled with people in worse shape, prompting her to do first-aid treatment on herself.

"Punong-puno, ang daming sugatan talaga. Mas marami pang mas malalang sugatan kaysa sa akin," she said.[Translation: The hospital was filled with wounded people. They sustained worse wounds.]Related: Beirut explosion felt like an earthquake

Guila was able to see some OFWs in her area and said they were okay, save for some wounds.Two Filipinos died, eight were injured, while 12 remain missing in Beirut, the Philippine Charge d' Affaires to Lebanon Ajeet Panemanglor said on Wednesday. The Department of Foreign Affairs said the Filipinos who died were in their employers' homes when the explosion happened.

It said the Philippine Embassy in Beirut continues to monitor the situation and is ready to provide assistance to Filipinos affected by Tuesday's blast.Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the government will work hard to bring home Filipinos from the war-torn country following the deadly blast.

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"I think the government will continue with its repatriation of nationals who wish to be evacuated from the area. Lebanon as we know is war-torn, we’ve issued series of advisories against working in Lebanon," he said.There are over 31,000 Filipinos in Lebanon.

The explosion killed at least 78 people and wounded over 4,000 people, the country's Health Minister Hamad Hassan told Reuters. It's still unclear what caused the blast.Lebanon's Prime Minister Hassan Diab said in a statement that 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive material used in fertilizers and bombs, had been stored for six years at a port warehouse without safety measures,"endangering the safety of citizens."

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