March 22, 2023: On Wednesday morning, an unfortunate tragedy rocked the Bin Durham neighborhood in Doha, Qatar when a seven-storey apartment building suddenly collapsed. At least one person was reported dead and rescue crew are still searching for survivors.
Thankfully, two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) residing in the said apartment were safe and sound despite suffering minor injuries such as bruises. The two OFWs were immediately taken to the Hamad General Hospital where they were discharged afterward.
Department of Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople was quick to respond by providing immediate assistance in the form of food and basic necessities to 30 Filipino nationals affected by this incident, including two minors and a senior citizen who were residents of an adjoining three-storey building. The affected individuals have been relocated to Qatar Youth Hostel as a temporary shelter until further notice.
Moreover, Don Albert Pangcog, Officer in Charge at the Doha Migrant Workers Office (MWO-Doha), stated that his agency is working closely with Philippine Embassy officials, DMW-OWWA, and local authorities to investigate the cause of this disaster.
Below is the post announcement as shared on the DMW official Facebook Page:
2 OFWs suffer minor injuries from collapsed building in Qatar; DMW provides aid to 30 other Filipino nationals
Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople today said two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) suffered minor injuries after a seven-storey apartment building collapsed Wednesday in Doha, Qatar.
Ople said the two OFWs, whose names are being withheld, suffered bruises and have been discharged from the Hamad General Hospital. Three other OFWs residing in the same apartment building were at work when the incident happened.
The DMW also extended immediate assistance in the form of food and basic necessities to 30 Filipino nationals, including two minors and a senior, who were residents of an adjoining three-storey building, Ople said.
They have been provided temporary shelter at the Qatar Youth Hostel.
In a report to the Secretary, Atty. Don Albert Pangcog, Officer in Charge of the Doha Migrant Workers Office (MWO-Doha) said the MWO is working closely with Philippine Embassy officials, the Doha Office of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (DMW-OWWA) and local authorities.
Local authorities are still investigating the cause of the incident which occurred at 8:18 am Wednesday (1:18pm, Wednesday in Manila) in Doha’s Bin Durham neighborhood.
According to Qatar news agencies, at least one person has been reported dead. Emergency rescue crews continue to search for survivors.