ICRC sets up webpage to unite Haiti families

GENEVA, Jan 14, 2010 (AFP) - The international Red Cross said Thursday it has set up a special webpage to help Haitians locate family members from whom they have been separated during the deadly earthquake.

"The aim of the Family Links website is to accelerate the process of restoring contact between separated family members," said Robert Zimmerman, deputy head of the ICRC's Central Tracing Agency and Protection Division.

"At this stage, the website allows people in Haiti and abroad to register the names of relatives with whom they want to restore contact. It will incorporate responses to those queries as they become available," he said.

A list of people who have registered is shown on the website http://www.icrc.org/familylinks.

Those who want to inform relatives of their whereabouts can register their names, while those who have been unable to find relatives on the list can fill in a form to seek information about them.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said a plane carrying 11 staff members from Geneva was expected in the Haiti capital, Port-au-Prince, later Thursday.

Some 100,000 are feared to have perished in the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck on Tuesday.

Source: AFP

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