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Wednesday, 19 September, 2001, 13:11 GMT 14:11 UK
Asian casualties mount in New York
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The Dalai Lama sent condolences to Mr Bush
Casualty figures from the devastated World Trade Center in America are slowly building a picture of hundreds of casualties among people from across Asia.

As rescuers pick their way through the wreckage of the famous twin towers and surrounding buildings there are few reports of survivors being pulled from the wreckage.

Although the number of confirmed deaths is building only slowly, the fear is that most of those workers and tourists reported missing will also have been killed.

Some unaccounted for are also feared to have been passengers on the four hijacked planes which crashed either in New York, Washington or near Pittsburgh in south-western Pennsylvania.


Three Australians have been confirmed dead and another 20 are feared "almost certainly dead" according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Flags in Australia have been flitting at half mast - this one is on the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Flags in Australia have been flying at half mast - this one is on the Sydney Harbour Bridge
But 17 out of 69 people named as missing have now contacted their families the government said on Tuesday.

A spokeswoman said: "52 Australians dead in the attack would be the worst case scenario."

Two of those killed have been confirmed as passengers on board American flights 11 and 93. Another six Australians are believed to have been on the four flights.

A third person has been confirmed killed in the vicinity of the World Trade Center.


At least 50 Bangladeshis are reported dead, although there are no details as yet.

Bangladeshi newspaper reports suggested up to 200 nationals were working in the vicinity of the World Trade Center, many of whom were employed by restaurants in the towers.


About 20 Cambodian nationals are missing following the attacks.


China now says only two of its nationals have definitely died and one person is missing.

The authorities originally said three nationals had died, but now say one man, Chen Xiaobing, was rescued from the lower floors of the Trade Center.

A guard outside US embassy Beijing
Security has been stepped up outside Beijing's US embassy
Eighteen Chinese companies had offices in the World Trade Center, and 11 of those confirmed all their staff were safe. Officials were unable to contact five of the companies.

The low number of Chinese fatalities is thought to be due to most of their offices being located in the bottom half of the towers, below the impact points of both aircraft.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong's authorities say 19 nationals have been reported missing.

The missing are made up of eight men and 11 women.

Four were working in New York, one was a tourist, and 12 lived there. Two others lived in Boston.


At least 40 Indians are reported missing. A government spokeswoman said she could not give an accurate estimate of how many Indians worked in the World Trade Center.

An Indian prays for victims of the attack
An Indian woman prays for victims of the attack
Several Indian software companies had offices in the centre.

The spokeswoman said there were fears for Indian nationals living in New York being targeted by people mistaking them for people of Arab origin.

She said reports indicated members of the Sikh community had already been attacked.


One Indonesian man, Eric Samadikun Hartono, 20, has been confirmed killed. Mr Hartono was a passenger on board American flight 11.

It is not clear how many more Indonesians worked in and around the World Trade Center Japan

The Japanese Government said on Thursday that 22 of its nationals were missing.

A man lays flowers outside US embassy in Tokyo
Casualties are at the forefront of people's minds Tokyo
Twenty are thought to have been in the World Trade Center, most of them working in the offices of Japanese banks.

Of the two others, one is believed to have been aboard American flight 11, the first plane to crash. The other, student Toshiya Kuge, was scheduled to be on United Airlines flight 93 which crashed near Pittsburgh.

About 16 Japanese companies had premises in the World Trade Center and hundreds of their staff were reported evacuated safely.

New Zealand

One New Zealander has so far been confirmed dead. Alan Beavan, 49, was on United flight 93.

Two New Zealanders feared missing have been found.

A third is still missing. Officials in New York said another five nationals may have worked in the building.


Only one Pakistani has been confirmed dead in the attacks but 15 others have been reported injured, some of them seriously.

Twenty people are reported missing.

A government spokesman said around 650 Pakistani nationals worked in the World Trade Center.

The Philippines

Two Filipinos have been confirmed killed and 115 missing.

One of the dead was named as Ronald Gamboa, 33. He was in one of the hijacked planes that crashed in New York.

The other, Ben Rodriguez, died at St. Mary's Hospital according to officials at the Philippine Consulate General in New York.

Many Filipinos are believed to have worked in the World Trade Center's restaurants on the 92nd floor of the 110-storey building.

South Korea

Three South Koreans have been confirmed dead and another 15 are missing.


The Taiwanese Foreign Ministry said nine nationals have been reported missing in the World Trade Center.

Five Taiwanese banks had branch offices in the building.


Two Thai nationals who worked for private companies are reported missing.

Another 17 staff working for government agencies located in the Trade Center remain unaccounted for.

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