Ten Dutch nationals still missing in Japan

12th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch authorities are still trying to contact ten Dutch nationals thought to have been in Japan's disaster area. Forty others who were in the northern region hit by the earthquake and the tsunami are known to be safe. Around 1,000 Dutch nationals are thought to be in all of Japan.

A crisis centre set up at the foreign ministry is receiving some 400 telephone calls per hour. Most people call 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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