Many foreigners missing in Haiti quake

2010-01-15 09:52

Foreign countries continued today to try to obtain news of

their nationals reported missing in Haiti’s devastating earthquake.

Following is a breakdown of foreigners feared or known to be

casualties of Tuesday’s disaster, which is thought to have killed some 100 000

people.

Australia: The foreign ministry says a “small number” of

Australians remain unaccounted for, but that there is no evidence of Australian

deaths.

“The good news is that we have been able to confirm the safety of

20 Australians in Haiti,” a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson

said.

Brazil: At least 14 Brazilian peacekeepers were killed in the Haiti

earthquake, according to the country’s military.

Britain: Foreign Office says more than 30 of its citizens were

found safe and well, no reports of British casualties.

Canada: One Canadian UN staffer found dead, another missing, police

in Ottawa say.

China: Government said four of its peacekeepers were buried in the

rubble and another four Chinese nationals were still missing.

France: Six French nationals were killed by the earthquake, the

French foreign ministry says.

Mauritius: The foreign ministry said it had no news of two

Mauritian citizens, one serving with the United Nations and the other in the

tourist sector.

Netherlands: The Dutch foreign ministry said it is “seriously

concerned” about nine Dutch people thought to have been in hotels that

collapsed.

New Zealand: According to New Zealand family members, two New

Zealand-born children and their French-Haitian father were believed killed in a

collapsed Port-au-Prince hotel. A third child was injured and taken to the

Dominican Republic by their uninjured New Zealand mother.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully said there were no

other New Zealanders known to be affected by the quake.

Philippines: Three Philippine peacekeepers, including two female

sergeants, are missing although a fourth who had been declared missing was

rescued on Thursday from a collapsed building.

Poland: One student missing, according to a foreign ministry

spokesperson.

Portugal: Two citizens are so far uncontactable, according to the

department for Portuguese communities.

Senegal: Two policemen serving with the UN mission are missing, the

Senegalese gendarmerie said.

Spain: A Spanish worker with the European Commission’s delegation

in Haiti is missing, a spokesperson said.

Thailand: The foreign ministry said one Thai, a missionary, is

missing.

United Nations: Some 190 UN staffers are still missing after the

quake which killed at least 36, a UN spokesperson said.

United States: A diplomat was the first US citizen confirmed killed

in the earthquake, the State Department said.


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