FILIPINO AMERICAN COMMUNITY IN WACO AND PH CONSULATE READY TO HELP VICTIMS OF EXPLOSION

WACO, TX– , The Filipino community leaders in Waco are coordinate with the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles to find and help possible Filipino victims of Thursdays fertilizer plant explosion.

Community leader Lara Santos said are cooperating with authorities to help victims of the blast.

“There are about 100 Filipino families here in Waco and central Texas,” said Santos. “We are ready to donate clothes, blood; anything to help out.”

Rescuers worked in cold rain on Thursday to find survivors as they sorted through the rubble of destroyed homes and businesses. Reports from local authorities say five to 15 people are believed to be dead, which authorities say they expect to rise as they continue with their search and rescue operation. Over 160 people have been injured, many of whom were taken to hospitals around the area.

Witnesses say at 7:40 in the evening on Thursday, residents of West, Texas spotted a smoke billowing from the West Fertilizer Plant, 20 miles north of Waco. Ten minutes after, they heard a massive explosion.

Huge and flames darted up the evening sky, followed by a mushroom-shaped cloud, similarly seen during atomic explosions.

The area around the site of a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant that flattened much of a small Texas town remains “very volatile” due to the presence of ammonium nitrate, McLennan County Chief Deputy Sheriff Matt Cawthon.

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