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Haiti - missing Dutch families confirmed dead
Published on:Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 14:00
Two missing Dutch families who were staying at a hotel which collapsed in last week's earthquake in Haiti have been confirmed dead.
The two couples and their three adoptive children were identified by an Israeli identification team using dental records it received from the Netherlands Forensic Institute. Their bodies will be repatriated as soon as possible. The Dutch Foreign Ministry has informed the next of kin.
The families were staying in Villa Therese, a hotel in a suburb of Port-au-Prince, when the disaster struck. Their remains were buried near the hotel in a temporary grave on Monday. The Dutch honorary consul and Dutch marines, deployed to the disaster area, attended a short ceremony in their honour.
Another missing Dutch national from the Netherlands Antilles has been located, leaving three people on the Foreign Ministry's missing list.