Ministry for Foreign Affairs finds missing Swedes with SMS

In the wake of the tsunami disaster, Sweden’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs are working hard to locate as many of the missing Swedes as possible. On Tuesday they sent an SMS to all Swedish mobile subscribers currently in Thailand, urging them to contact the Swedish embassy in Bangkok or to get in touch with their families back home. About 10,000 SMS’s were sent. According to the Ministry’s press contacts, they received more than two thousand names of people missing, many of people who are traveling on their own and aren’t on the travel agencies’ lists. Two individuals had collected 100 and 400 names, respectively, which they sent to the authorities.

A similar SMS was sent yesterday to Swedes currently reported to be in Sri Lanka. There are still more than 1400 Swedes missing.