Just two Dutch nationals still missing in Japan
The Dutch embassy in Tokyo has been able to contact all but two of 50 Dutch nationals thought to have been in Japan's disaster area. No Dutch citizens are known to be in the evacuation area around the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, a foreign ministry spokesperson says.
The embassy has not been able to trace 15 Dutch nationals said to have been travelling elsewhere in Japan. None of them are thought to have been in the worst-affected areas. Around 1,000 Dutch nationals are thought to be in all of Japan.
Over the past few days, a crisis centre set up at the foreign ministry has been receiving some hundreds of telephone calls. Most people are calling with inquiries regarding loved ones staying in countries hit by the tsunami. People can reach the crisis centre at +31-70-34 87 770. People with internet access can also use Google's Japan Person Finder.
Contact with the disaster region is still very difficult. In many areas, telephone lines and mobile networks are not working. Nor is it clear how many Dutch nationals were exactly in the area as tourists or visitors usually do not register with the Dutch embassy in Japan. cl
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