EU ministers to meeton Asian tsunami relief

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6 January 2005, BERLIN - Almost two weeks after Asia's devastating tsunami, Germany says that about 1,000 of its citizens are still missing as key European Union ministers prepare to meet on Friday to co-ordinate EU efforts to help victims of the disaster.

6 January 2005

BERLIN - Almost two weeks after Asia's devastating tsunami, Germany says that about 1,000 of its citizens are still missing as key European Union ministers prepare to meet on Friday to co-ordinate EU efforts to help victims of the disaster.

German police say they have registered 751 Germans as missing following the earthquake beneath the Indian Ocean on 26 December that set off the devastating tsunami waves.

But Berlin officials say that the numbers remaining missing still stands at 1,000 as information continues to emerge about German citizens who were in the coastal areas of the Indian Ocean when the tsunami hit.

A large number of people returning from the devastated region have been reporting to authorities, police said.

The number of Germans confirmed dead remains at 60, which is the highest of any country not directly hit by the disaster, which has killed possibly up to 200,000.

On Wednesday, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder announced his government had decided to dramatically increase Berlin's aid for the region to EUR 500 million, making Germany one of the world's biggest donors.

Schroeder also proposed the forging of partnerships between cities and regions in Europe and in Asia to assist with the rebuilding work.

EU foreign, development and health ministers will meet on Friday to co-ordinate efforts to help victims of the Asian tsunami, EU president Luxembourg said, raising the status of a previously planned informal gathering.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: German news

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