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2 Colombian families missing in Japan

03-15-2011 11:52 BJT Special Report:9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan |

BOGOTA, March 14 (Xinhua) -- The Colombian embassy in Japan is looking for two families missing after the 9-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami devastating the Asian country last Friday, Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin said on Monday.

"Ambassador Patricia Cardenas told me that there are two families missing in Sendai. Nobody has heard from them since the earthquake. Our diplomats in Japan are still looking for them," she said.

The identities and exact number of family members remain unknown, Holguin told local radio station Caracol after being questioned about the fate of more than 2,000 Colombian nationals living in Japan.

The number of dead or unaccounted from the great earthquake and the following Tsunami rose to about 5,900 after around 1,000 bodies were found Monday on several shores on the Oshika Peninsula in Miyagi Prefecture, while police and firefighters worked to recover another 200 to 300 bodies in Sendai, the capital of Miyagi, according to a Kyodo News report.

As of 8 p.m. Monday, 1,886 people had been confirmed dead in the disaster. Rescue operations are still underway.

Holguin said the Colombian embassy in Japan is in the process of conducting a census of the Colombians living in Japan to see how many want to return home in order to assist them in the repatriation process.

Immediately after the earthquake and tsunami, which also led to several nuclear explosions, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos expressed solidarity with the Japanese government.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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