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ICRC launches website to restore family links in disaster zone

29-12-2004 News Release No. 04/150

Geneva (ICRC) – Following the strongest earthquake in 40 years on 26 December and the resulting massive tsunami across wide reaches of the Indian Ocean, tens of thousands of people in the area are dead, missing or separated from their loved ones.

Families around the world are worried about relatives in the region.


The ICRC today launched   a website to help people obtain information about family members in the disaster zone.

People in the affected countries can register on the site to inform their families that they are safe and well, and families can consult the list of people who have registered. It is also possible to search for names of relatives.

The site is in English and is at . For details about how to enter a name and consult the list of names, please see the instructions on the site itself.

Information from the website may also be displayed on lists posted in public places and broadcast on radio for people with no access to the internet.

All information on this website is entered by people seeking news of relatives or registering themselves so their families can find them. The ICRC takes no responsibility for the accuracy of this information.

 For further information please contact:  

 Florian Westphal, tel. +41 22 730 29 30, +41 79 217 32 26