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Thursday, 30 December, 2004

Update on assistance to HK people affected by tsunamis

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR
Date: 30 Dec 2004

The Secretary for Security, Mr Ambrose S K Lee, announced at a press conference yesterday (December 29) that the Government was sending a 120-strong team to Phuket, including officers from Immigration Department, Police, Civil Aid Service, Auxiliary Medical Service and Department of Health, to expedite the search of missing Hong Kong residents as well as providing assistance to stranded Hong Kong residents in areas affected by the tsunami.
As at 8pm yesterday, the Immigration Department's hotline (2829 3010) had received a total of 828 enquiries and 691 requests for assistance.

Of the 691 requests for assistance, 599 HK residents were reported to have lost contact with their families in HK. The callers in these cases were able to provide the personal particulars of the residents concerned as well as information about their last known location to the Immigration Department.

Of the above 599 residents, 348 have either reestablished contact with their families or returned safely to Hong Kong. There are 251 outstanding cases which Immigration Department will follow up. Amongst them, 197 were reported to be in Thailand, 7 in Malaysia, 12 in Sri Lanka, 6 in Maldives, 23 in Indonesia and 6 in other places.

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Blogger gayathrigowri said :

South India on high alert. check www.ndtv.com and give details.

Thu Dec 30, 12:36:00 PM IST