First Spanish tsunami victim officially identified
4 February 2005, MADRID - More than a month after the tsunami disaster, the Spanish government announced the first Spanish victim had been formally identified.
4 February 2005
MADRID - More than a month after the tsunami disaster, the Spanish government announced the first Spanish victim had been formally identified.
The Spanish Foreign Ministry confirmed Manuel Perdiguero Ricci, one of the two Spaniards who disappeared, had died.
Perdiguero is now the first official Spanish victim of the tragedy which struck on 26 December killing an estimated 250,000 people.
The confirmation came after a team of Spanish pathologists had identified his body in Thailand, where he had been on holiday when the tradgey struck.
Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said in a statement: "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed this sad news to the family of señor Perdiguero
The Spanish embassy in Bangkok has arranged the return of Perdiguero´s remains to Spain.
There were thought to have been only six Spaniards who went missing, presumed dead, when the tsunami struck.
The Indian Ocean basin is not a popular holiday resort for Spaniards, particularly at Christmas.
Meanwhile, Spanish military teams have helped deliver 80 tonnes of aid to Sumatra in Indonesia during 36 journeys to the disaster-hit island.
The Spanish public has given EUR 11 million in donations to the disaster appeal.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news