Media release

Missing South Africans in South East Asia

05 January 2005

5 January 2005

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that 885 people are still unaccounted for and a further six are believed missing following the tsunami disaster in South East Asia.

The official death toll stands at nine, with all fatalities having occurred in Thailand.

No South African fatalities have been reported from other parts of the region.

In order to expedite Government's attempts in ascertaining the numbers of people unaccounted for, South Africans who have returned from the region are urged to contact the Department of Foreign Affairs to report their safe return.

The DFA operations room can be contacted on (012) 351 1520/0063/0050/0035


Thabo Masebe
Cell: 082 410 8087

Albie Loubser
Cell: 083 250 0879

Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS)


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