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Asian quake - Missing persons

SRI LANKA

Thousands are missing and millions are homeless following the Asia earthquake that has killed tens of thousands of people.

Readers of the BBC News website have been sending in their appeals for news of missing persons, which are published below. Can you help?

Use the form on the right to send your stories.

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This is a third page of appeals:

MISSING PERSONS
Click below to read or post information regarding missing persons by country

I'm looking for Richard John Burrows. He's been on holiday in Sri Lanka since the middle of December. He's in his mid-thirties and teaches English at university in Japan.
Junko Watanabe, Soka, Saitama, Japan

Looking for Dr AD Gunadasa Matara
Denis Johnson, Victoria Canada

Trying to locate any member of the Uyanwatti family, 2 daughters Priyanka and Neroshanna
Pollie G. Blanton, Noble, OK

I'm worried about a friend I met in Arkansas, USA this year, Tanya Welihindha. She's 20 yrs old and lives in Sri Lanka, she went home for Christmas with her family and I'd love to know if she's OK
kristy, Nottingham, England

We were host parents for Pryanka and Neroshana Uyuanwatti from Dehiwella, Sri Lanka. Their father works for the government. Last spoke to them on Christmas day. Anxious to hear that they are alright. PgB
Pollie G. Blanton, Noble, OK USA

I am looking for my friend and her family from SeriLanka, Her name is Thamara Janaratne, she is a graduate student at UTA and I believe she went to visit her family during christmas. Please let me know if you find any information about her or her family. Thanks
Nasrin Rezaei, Dallas, Texas, USA

We are desperate for information about our friend, Kacey Armstrong, who was traveling in Sri Lanka. She is 20 years old, 5' 5", blond hair & blue eyes. We don't know how to reach her parents. We miss and love you, Kacey.
Caroline Small, Los Altos, CA, USA

Trying to find information about our friend and colleague Fiona Gordon. She is scottish and works as a teacher in Vietnam. She was on holiday in Sri Lanka. Any news much appreciated.
jane sherlock, ho chi minh city, vietnam

Please help us find Jehan and Eleanor Raheem visiting Sri Lanka with their family. He is a professor at Brandeis and she works for Literacy Volunteers in Westchester, NY. He also worked for the UN for many years. Both are in their mid 60's. Many people are anxious about their well being. Thank you.
Diane Rosenthal, Ossining, NY USA

Does anybody know about the sea front in Negombo. Use to own the tea shop there and I am trying to find frinds in the next shops etc and the sea shore. Thank you.
peter james crew, Tukums Latvia

I am checking on Thilla Sivakumaran. He is a teacher at ULM. He was supposed to go home to Sri Lanka during the Christmas holidays. Please let me know how he is.
Melisa Guice, West Monroe, LA, USA

Waiting and praying for word of my dear friend, Theya Kan ... who went to Sri Lanka to visit her mother and other family ... I'm not sure where they live ... could be in NE ... Theya also has a brother in South India ... and a brother and sister here in USA (Utah and Maryland) ... have you heard from Theya?
Cynthia Henderson, El Cerrito, CA

Does anybody know anything about Mr. Hashendra Fernando from Koralawella, Moratuwa. Have not heard from him since the disaster.
Eckhard von der Heide, Frankfurt, Germany

I am trying to get news of my very good friend Alastair Lawson and his son Charlie who were in Sri Lanka at Christmas
Charlie Garnett, Tro, France

I am trying to find any news about two friends of mine, Nia Hughes and Kirsten Smidt, who were on holiday in Sri Lanka. They were supposed to be in Hikkaduwa around Christmas. Please let me know if you have any information.
Tracy Liesemeyer, Lincoln, Nebraska USA

We would like to know if Shrupti Patel and her husband Jatinder Kholi from London arrived home safe from their holiday in Sri Lanka.
Paul and Christine Drabwell, Luton, England

I would like to hear news of Gabriel Prasad (Gabby) and any of his family Gabby was working in the Riverina Hotel Beruwela when the tsumani struck. His family live in Ahangama close to Galle. If anyone knows of the situation please let me know.
Ray Yates, Worthing, England

I would like to know the situation for Srinath DeZoysa working in the Maldives. His wife Manjula and son Ayush live in Kalutara Sri Lanka if anyone knows of them please let me know.
Ray Yates, Worthing, England

Does anyone have any information on good friend Paul Mitchell on holiday in Sri Lanka with Maria? Many thanks
Mary Woods, Bishop's Stortford, UK

Has anyone any news of Dave Clarke from the Lampeter area. IT lecturer in Lampeter, his friends and colleagues are concerned for them as they were holidaying in Sri Lanka. from Jen
Dave Clarke, Lampeter, Ceredigion, Wales

Paul Dugmore, a colleague from Middlesex Unviersity is on holiday in Sri Lanka. Any news aboput him would help. We have not been able to contact him since the tsunami struck. Many thanks
Ravi Kohli, London, England

I am urgently seeking news about my Friend - Samuel Williams, who went on vacation to Sri Lanka on the 20/12/04 with his fiance (Niyah). Sam is of African origin and Niyah is half Mauritian. Both are British. Anybody know anything about their safety? Thank you.
Meera Ralhan- Medana, London, UK

If anyone can please help, i'm trying to find a family of 4, surname Withanage. First names, are Sarangi, Rupasinghe, and Padmini, im a host family for a girl of 21,her and the family went back for a holiday. I'm from nz and I feel so helpless not knowing. If anyone can help please e-mail. Thakyou Ann
Ann, Auckland. New Zealand

We have good friends that work for the TRITON HOTEL. VJ and DJ are two members of the activities team. Please let us know that are friends are safe. Love you guys. Rob and Caz xx
Caroline Jarvis-Foster, Oxfordshire

My friend, Miss. Jeanne Mynell. was on a holiday in Sri Lanka,i don't know where in Sri Lanka she is. could you please let me know, how she is. She is from london, Davenpart road, se6 london
G.B.Hepworth, new cross london se14 6at, U.K.

I would be very grateful to have any information about the fate or whereabouts of MICHAEL & ALISON THOMAS of proprietors of 'Ernest',a guest house by the beach at Palliyaguruge Watta, Seenimodera, Nakulugamuwa, TANGALLE, Sri Lanka. Please email any news to the aol address given. Thank you.
michael Spence, London, UK

Looking for Noori Tooski in Thailand please let us all know that you are safe and well. Peter and friends
Peter Edenborough, Burnham-on-sea U.K

Keith and Ann Taylor wrote about the village of Ahungalla and their friend Palitha De Silva. I have been trying to have contact to the Triton hotel also, since our family friend Milani De Silva (she got married a couple of years ago, so she might have changed her name) has a restaurant and a few rooms to be rent right next to Triton hotel in Ahungalla. I haven't been able to contact her or Triton hotel. I caught up the name De Silva from your text. I'm not sure if Milani and Palitha are related, but if you have any sources in Sri Lanka, Ahungalla where we could try to contact Milani, could you please inform us. Thank you very much!
Jenita Pernell, Turku, Finland

Can anyone give me any information concerning the situation inside Galle's Fort? I'm worried about Mr Kodhikara, owner of the guest house with the same name. Also the people in Weltevreden Guest House.
miguel catalao, Macau, China

IMESH FAMILY. I am very good friends with Imesh and family from UNAWATUNA. Does anyone know anything of them?
cameron banks, London

Has anyone any news of Anusha Gardiyawasam Pussewalaga and her family, living at Peter Hill, Galle. Or any of the VSO/Princes Trust party who were in W Yorks.4years ago.
M&B Stephenson, Halifax UK

We are looking for information about the children from the Sambodhi children's home in Magalle.
a.verduijn, vlaardingen, the netherlands

Yesterday they found death little girl, she is a tourist and maybe german in Mirissa. And 3more death tourist bodies in Mirissa between Welligame and Matara. So sorry Jule
Heike Juleike Weigel, germany

For the attention of Brenday Brady of Sydney: John McCarthy and girlfriend did not travel to Sri Lanka as planned and are safe and well in Australia.
Nicky Sheehan, Glasgow UK

I emailed you twice but never made it onto your message board. Pauline McGrath,the person I was looking for has been found.
mary ward, romsey uk

We are looking for our friends who lives in sri lanka, tangalle, owner of the Blue Horizon, there names are Sudath, Bianca, Dulan, Kiki. for news please contact us. Anne& Michael FreeWorldStudios
anne&michael biegler, bosenbach germany

I am looking for my friend shiranthi weerasinghe. Sri lankian background...but only in shri lankia for a holiday....16 yrs of age...
Chantelle Prljic, Australia/sydney

I am concerned about the safety of micheal/soma Stanfield who moved to srilanka last year. They lived at hathewalla road,Udawatta, Opanayake. Does any body have any information of their situation.
helen , england

We are looking 4 news of staff at the TRITON HOTEL AHUNGALLA .We stayed there 2 years ago.
Mr and Mrs Williamson, Cornwall England

As I recall, Harinie Wijeweera's family lives near Colombo. However, if you hear anything, please contact me.
Deborah Schmidt, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

I am very concerned about Helen Hartley who left London on the 26 Dec to visit her daughter Abagail who works for Unicef in Colombo Sri Lanka. Helen lives in at the Coach House in Skipton and have had no news since the disaster happened. Any news of both Helen and Abagail would be very much appreciated.
Val Thomas, Perth Australia

I am hopeing for good news on a Mr, Chandana Abeyratne or his famly members. Chandana stayed with my family as an exchange student in 1983. I pray that he and his family are safe.
Julie Gladwin, Victoria, Australia

Any news on Unawatuna people - Saliya of Banana Gdns and Kelum and also W.M Sarnalatha - Lovely lady selling sarongs outside banana Gdns.
heather smith, Leeds uk

We are looking for Lyn and Stan Overend of Sunderland, who we believe were on holiday in Sri Lanka.
Anita Woodhouse, Halifax, England

Does anyone know or heard any news regarding the welfare of Bhakthi Jayasinghe, a chauffeur Guide, and the staff at Palm Paradise Cabanas at Tangalle? Any news much appreciated, thankyou. Love and prayers to all affected.
Corrina Leask, Forest Row United Kingdom

Worried about friend Sinthuja Suresh and family. Went to Sri Lanka to visit family and haven't heard from her or her sister.
Ilana Estreich, UK

Worried about friend Sinthuja Suresh and family. Went to Sri Lanka to visit family and haven't heard from her or her sister.
Ilana Estreich, UK

Trying to locate Inoka Samasuriya who studied Geotechnical Engineering at Newcastle University, UK with me last year. We are all waiting and hoping to hear if Inoka and her family are safe and well in Sri Lanka. Our thought are with you all. Thanks
Fiona Jackson, Aberdeen, Scotland

I have lost a close friend who was living in Kandy - SriLanka. Family name Zain - other names Hilmiya Zain.
Nabila Abdul Rauf., Sultanate of Oman - Muscat

Looking for news on Wendy and Jerry Jacobs and daughter Mandy and grandson Spike. Believed to have spent Xmas in Sri Lanka. Thank You
John White, Ashford, Middx

Dean and Susan Greenberg are safe and well. They were inland, and didn't even know for several days about the catastrophe.They left Colombo on Jan 1, and said the sadness is palpable. Thank you BBC for hosting this message board. For those still searching, our thoughts remain with you.
Connie Mortara, Southboro, MA, USA

We want to find a family of dancers from aluthgama bentota who befriended us in April 2002. The father is G.Lalith Ranindranath, his daughter, my daughter's pen friend is G Achini Eschari and they lived at 72, Gangegama Road, Aluthgama. Theirs was a large family who regularly danced at the Ceysands Hotel Bentota. We want tot know that they are okay and would like to help them if they need it. We also want to find Sigi who has a ski club "The Treasure" Kuluwamodara, Aluthgama/Bentota-River.
michele and brian rimmer, Rossett England

I am looking for my friend, Helder Mairos, Portuguese, living in Switzerland, who was on holiday in Sri Lanka with his wife Luisa (spanish) and his daughter Andrea (Swiss) since 23/12. Thank you for any infos.
Flor Blenkinsop, Birmingham, England

His name is Matt Dixon. I believe he was in Sri Lanka, the last time he e-mailed me. He was an Administrator at The Association of Business Executives and has taking time of. The last I heard was that he was teaching kids in Sri Lanka.
Bernadette Lee, Republic of Trinidad & Tobago

Wrote a few days ago (12/29) and still wondering if anyone knows about my pen pal of 23 yrs. Her name is Dilrukshi Munasinghe-Mannpperuma and her family who live in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Peterson Lane. Want to know that they are ok. Thanks.
angela brooks, Sour Lake, TX USA

We have not heard from our dear friends in Sri Lanka. Frank & Nesta Irugalbandara. 108 c Welivita, Kaduwela. He is chairman of Sierra Construction in Colombo 5. Quintus & Delphine Suriaratchie. 12, Gemunu Mawatha, Sri Subuthipura, Battaramulla 1012 He is a Professor of Entomology. Despite sending several e-mails to them and the construction company we have not had any replies and we are getting very concerned. If anybody has news of them could they contact us. Thank you
P.Lawson, Newcastle on Tyne 3

FOR Anita Bratt-Fosberg who has posted a message on your appeal board We to are looking for the kind and caring Siri of Ocean Moon Mirissa beach efforts so far futile but will keep you posted.
marie-louise wilkins, derby

My husband i and friends are desperate for any news on shelton and his family.shelton was a good friend to us when we was in sri lanka staying at the villa ocean view would like to be able to help him and all of his family in any way that we can. shelton was one of the lads that was on the beach at the hotel we went on several trips with so please any info on him and his family thanks
louise hurley , gravesend england

SEEKING INFOMATION ON HOTEL OWNERS OF ASHLEY VILLA IN BATH.ASHLEY AND JETTE BAKERS AND THEIR 2 CHILDREN THEIR ON HOILDAY IN SRI LANKA AND EXPOS TO BE RETURNING HOME 3RD JANUARY ANY INFO WOULD BE GREATFUL.
Sampson, BATH

WE HAVE SPOKEN TO OUR FRIEND IN THE BERUWALA AREA TIHIS PM, THE NEPTUNE HOTEL, EDEN RESORT, AND BENTOTA BEACH HOTELS ARE BADLY AFFECTED, SRI LANKAN FAMILIES ARE SEEKING SHELTER IN TEMPLES IN ALUTHGAMA, HOUSES ALONG THIS SIDE OF COAST ARE WATER DAMAGED, MUCH LOSS, BUT HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, NEED FOOD & WATER, TELEPHONE CONNECTION WAS VERY GOOD. ELECRIC BEING RESTORED, SLOWLY.
mr & mrs poole, wombourne, england

In response to Rachel of Cornwall and her request for information about staff at Koggala Beach Hotel: I was staying with my family at the Koggola Beach Hotel when the tsunami struck on 26 th Dec. As far as I understand, all staff and guest at the hotel are safe and accounted for, except for a British family of four who left the hotel 15 mins before the big wave and were traveling by mini bus to visit the Elephant sanctuary. Most of the hotel guests were taken to a local Buddhist temple where we were looked after with great dedication by hotel staff and the monks. We were bussed out on Monday morning to catch an evening flight to Gatwick. Landing early Tuesday morning. We feel lucky to have escaped so lightly. Our hearts go out to all those who have suffered. I sincerely hope you have been able to make contact with your friends and that they are safe and reunited to their family. Bede Mullen
Bede Mullen, Hebden Bridge, UK

Am desperately seeking any news of my friend Mr sean thompson, who was to be in unawatuna for christmas. He is sixty years old with grey hair. Any news to his whereabouts would be greatly appreciated. If for one reason or another he didn't make it to lanka, then again any news would be good. I am currently in bolivia without my mobile, so cannot phone him to check. Thanks
jolyon davis, leicester england

Please, if anyone knows anything about Arie, Uduil, Bob, Kalu and Manu - or anyone from Top Secret, Galle Road Hikkaduwa could they get in touch
Hannah Clough, Bracknell, Berkshire

Desperate to know if Razil and family(owners of the MidBay Hotel, Arugam Bay)are alive and safe.
Pat Imamura, London UK

We just heard from our friend Andy Beer, who is safely back in England. His mountain biking group was in the highlands when the tsunami hit. Thank you for your support, and especially to the BBC, which made this service available to everyone, even those not living in the U.K.
Michele Radcliffe, El Cerrito U.S.A.


Frank + Doris, Germany - Wiesm

We are very good friends of Mr. Sudath Wheeralal (Pamaboba Guest house) River Road, Alutgama. Can you please give us some information if he and his family are in good health, or may be can you give us a telephone number where we can reach him? We tried to connect some other good friends in Alutgama and Bentota but we can't reach them. Please, please help us!
Frank + Doris, Germany - Wiesmoor

Earlier on, there was news on this webpage that Sonali Deraniyagala survived the tragedy. Where is she now and is this fact confirmed? What about the rest of family which seems missing: Steve Lissenburg and her two sons. Any news? Thank you for your information.
Katrin, Geneva, Switzerland

I'm searching for Angelo Samarawickrema. Anyone that knows him or anyone in his family..please contact me ASAP. He is a graphic designer that works and resides in London, UK. Origioanly from Sri Lanka. He goes home every holiday to Sri Lnaka to see his family. He has an Uncle that is lawyer in London. He also has family in Australia and possible Singapore. he has a Cousin...who is an MD...in Australia. His brother, his name is Chip. who is also going to Uni in London, UK. Please..any one that knows this family at all please contact me.
Karen Lee Wightman, Quebec, Canada

Has any news been heard from Jill Carter 26.12.64 it was her 40th and she planned to go to the beach
m mallett, London, England

re natalie joshua message i just posted they are missing in sri lanka - i think on the south coast
francesca walshe, london, uk

We are trying to trace Y. S. De Silva, of Ahungalla, Sri Lanka. He was a driver for Kuoni and worked mainly out of the Bentota Beach Hotel. We know his family and want to know if they are all safe. He used to work as a driver for the Sri Lankan Prime Minister before Kuoni.
Sarah Wallace, Henlow, UK

Any news of our friend Ruwan Sirimanne from Epitaha Gedara Watha, Kommala, Bentota would be v welcome. He worked as a waiter at the Taj Exotica Hotel Bentota. His kindness has never been forgotton and we would like to help him and his family now if we can.
Karen Bresloff & Neil Boardman, London, England

This is my third attempt to enquire as to the safety of my sister's friend Jayanthi Logonathan and her family, Lohan, Mithila and Mithily who live in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. My sister is called Jane Cran, of Tregoney, Cornwall.
Caroline Gordon, Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK

We are looking for our friends Commander Upul Da Silva(Sri Lankan NAVY) and his family ANY NEWS PLEASE. Joan Buckland Uk
buckland, Hampshire England

My daughter is looking for information on Anna Luff and her family who are holidaying in Sri Lanka.
Norman Turnock, Lamerton, Devon

We are looking for any news of our friend in berewala (sri lanka) he is called ranjit silva. he is a guide who runs the tuk tuk service opposite the tropical villas in berewala! any news will be greatly appreciated! he has a wife and 2 children! thank you
Stuart Riggs, chudleigh UK

Desperately worried about our Sri-lankan friends Shannaz & Aznayn Carder and their children Hafsha and Ayuub, Galle Road, Colombo-3. Also Nizrana Farook, Farhaan Mohideen and Nuha (aged 1), Tenth Lane, Colombo-3.
kathleen brown, Auchterless Scotland

I am trying to find out if Kooikara Ruwan Premalal, the 9th grade boy I sponsor through World Vision, and is family are OK. Thanks and God bless!
Amy Honda, Lunugamvehera, Sri Lanka

Anyone out there with news of Michael & Linda WITHERSPOON who are holidaying in Thialand.
Ernie King, Strabane Co Tyrone N.I.

Would love to hear from Hugh, Reading, UK, if he finds anything out on Jupe and Suryani who own Jupiter Guesthouse on Galle Road Hikkaduwa.
Katy, Glasgow, Scotland

Tim Read, Jo O'Reilly and family are confirmed as safe and sound.
malcolm hawthorne, london uk

My 3 children would love to help 3 children who are suffering. We are looking to donate clothes, anything else, but would like to have 3 names. Maybe around the ages of 5, 8, and 12. Please forward an address, orphanage name, or any other place I can have my items donated and for the children to correspond. Thank you B and God Bless
B,

Neil& peggy Curry are in Sri lanka cant find any information anywhere
jack seale, ulverston, cumbria

Hoping for news of our friends Dr. Harsha Samarajiwa and his wife Eulali who live in Colombo 5.
Gill Falzon, Reading, England


Jo Dissanayake,

We are looking for dear friends and familly named Chris, Jameela,adam and Sara Gunasakara. If anyone knows anything about them please e mail me. Thx
Glenn Bishop, Berks, England

A message to Alan Tingle. We are also trying to get hold of Vinodh De Silva and his french wife Patricia. We married at the UBR 2 years ago tomorrow 4/01/04 and met Vinodh in 2000.
Jo Dissanayake, Melbourne, Australia

Any news regarding the safety of Heloise Jansz and family from Nagoda, Kandana, Sri-Lanka would be greatly appreciated.
Kim Watt, Hatfield, England

ROBERTO ELINI from Bologna, Italy, missing since the tsunami hit. Landed Bangkok before Xmastime, scheduled to travel on to Myanmar (possibly Ranggon) no exact itinerary, travelling by himself. He's 51, about 1.75 metres tall, slim, short grey hair. Has anybody met him on the way, please get in touch. Thanks all for reading through, God bless all the missing, may they come back home safe !
mariarosa, Italy


sivanthan gananathan, portperry,ont,canada

Does anyone have info or contact details for any Sri Lankans living in Unawatuna who might help me trace a family there.
RACHEL, WORCESTER, UK

I would like to have news of SULANI BATIKS FACTORY in TALPE (GALLE) and SAJEEWAN DE COSTHA. I spent almost one year living in Talpe (Galle) and I'm worried about all those people... Thanks for sending me news.
Raffaella Simoncini, Italian living in Barcelona, Spain

We are trying to find out whether our friend KR Anura, his wife Dhmmika and daughter Hiruni who lived on the Galle Road, Kaluwamodara, Aluthgama in Sri Lanka are alright. We met them six year's ago when on honeymoon at the Club Palm Gardens in Beruwela and their kindness will always be remembered. Anura worked as a tour guide and we have not been able to contact him since hearing of the disaster. We would like to help him and his family if they are indeed still alive.
Steve and Ingrid Freeburn, Belfast, N Ireland Have any one heard about the people in Arugambay in Sri Lanka. I am worried about chutties family who runs the palce call chutties place.
Paul Jago, Lennox Head Australia

Looking for information about 2 Sri Lankan families. Both based in Beruwala, South of Colombo. There names are Susantha Primalah de Silva & Sujatha Samarakkodi. We have been writing to each other since my wife and I got married at Confifi Beach Hotel in 2000. They have no telephone and we can only send letters. They lived close to the coast in Beruwala. Any guests at Beruwala hotels along beach might know them. Really anxious for news.
Mark Emmett, New York, USA

We have not heard yet if Keith Parris and his wife are safe. On holiday in Sri Lanka. Their many friends are so worried please if you have heard of them let us know.
Vicki Young, Knaphill Surrey

I would appreciate any information you may be able to provide regarding my friend in Hikkaduwa. Their names are H.L.S. Kumarasiri, his wife Amarani Amarawasa, their sister-in-law Santa and her son Chamandu. Any information you can provide would be appreciated. Thanks
Odette, Canberra, Australia

I am anxiously waiting contact from my Stepmother Pamela Pieris/Garnham and my stepsister Leana Pieris, last heard of in Sri Lanka, can anyone help????
Helen Garnham, Pembrokeshire

Very concerned about my friend Thilak Ilayperuma from Gaulle Sri Lanka. We worked tothether over 20 years ago in London. I hope that he and all his family are safe.
Margaret Macdonald, London, UK

Does anyone have any news of Renuka Nikkhouee who has been visiting family in Sri Lanka over Christmas? Travelling with her are her husband, daughters Anusha and Yasmin and son Camaran. Her friends and colleagues are very worried.
Tracey Lowe, Edgware, Middx

I have an english born asian friend by the name of neil, aged about 20 - 22 who went on holiday in sri lanka the same week of the disaster. He is a current student of kingston university in surrey, united kingdom. I and his concerned friends would like to find out if he is ok and we are praying that he is alright. If anyone knows anything. Thanks.
thomas, kingston upon thames, london

I have heard from my friend Verena's family that both she and her husband are ok and awaiting aid on high ground near Tangalle, thank you to the BBC and thank you to Lucienne Fernandes for taking the time to answer my message so quickly. many thanks, AnnX
Ann Beresford, Surrey, England

OUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES AT UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL IN NEWARK , NJ ARE WOORIED ABOUT OUR FRIEND DR. "MIMIE" RAJAKUMAR WHO IS A PSYCHIATRIST. SHE WENT HOME TO VISIT HER FAMILY IN SRI LANKA. IF ANY KNOWS OF ANY INFORMATION, PLEASE LET US KNOW. SHE AND HER FAMILY ARE IN OUR PRAYERS
MARK CANNING, NEWARK, NJ-USA

I am looking for my friends Henry and Anna Warren and their twom daughters, Katarina and Ana Luisa. They were on a month's holiday travelling around Sri Lanka from their home in Braga Portugal
wendy stubbs, Cheltenham England

How badly have Pannipitiya and Kalutara been affected? We've got friends living there. Can anybody tell us? Thanks
serge Derouck, Binche Belgium

Trying to locate a very good friend of mine by the name of Pushpi Weerakoon. She is a former law student at The University of Buckingham, UK. She is a native of Sri Lanka. I am not exactly sure what part of the country she resided(e.g. coastline).
John Trevor Kemp, Freeport, Bahamas

VIRAJ MANJUKA (MANJU) Desperate to hear if our very good friend in Galle has survived. He is a young man in his twenties who lived with his mother and brother at 174 Mahamodera. If anyone knows anything of this family's fate, or even can tell me the situation in the road where they lived (Mahamodera) I would be very grateful.
Hilary Roberts, Leamington Spa England

Any information on the safety of Thomas Cronin, based from the Midlands attending college in Stratford-upon-Avon. Was on holiday in Sri Lanka. All information is deeply appriciated
Luke, Stratford-upon-Avon

We are trying to find out any information on the safety of an old friend, any help would be greatly appreciated.
Tony Hogg, Houston, TX USA

A message for Usha Sathanantahan. If you get these message please contact me. Chantal Robillard
Usha Sathanantahan, Canada

Looking for a friend, Sulaima Hamed Shelhem,male, 30 years old.
Teresa Thompson, Kansas City,Missouri, USA

Mr Giancarlo Berruti is missing. He was in Indonesia. My email is elena75@supanet.com
elena, london,england

JONES Family - Phil, Melaniee and daughterrs Rhiannon, Rachel and Alice. PLEASE send us any info. We don't know where to turn.
grace brandt, Croton-On-Hudson, NY, USA

I am worried about the whereabouts of my friend Saarah Ozeer and her family who were visiting family in Sri Lanka, we think that she may be in Colombo but no one has been able to make contact
Mel, Melbourne, Australia

Any news regarding the safety of Heloise Jansz and family from Nagoda, Kandana, Sri-Lanka would be greatly appreciated.
Kim Watt, Hatfield, England

A message to Alan Tingle. We are also trying to get hold of Vinodh De Silva and his french wife Patricia. We married at the UBR 2 years ago tomorrow 4/01/04 and met Vinodh in 2000.
Jo Dissanayake, Melbourne, Australia

We are looking for dear friends and familly named Chris, Jameela,adam and Sara Gunasakara. If anyone knows anything about them please e mail me. Thx
Glenn Bishop, Berks, England

Hoping for news of our friends Dr. Harsha Samarajiwa and his wife Eulali who live in Colombo 5.
Gill Falzon, Reading, England

Neil& peggy Curry are in Sri lanka cant find any information anywhere
jack seale, ulverston, cumbria

Would love to hear from Hugh, Reading, UK, if he finds anything out on Jupe and Suryani who own Jupiter Guesthouse on Galle Road Hikkaduwa.
Katy, Glasgow, Scotland

Anyone out there with news of Michael & Linda WITHERSPOON who are holidaying in Thialand.
Ernie King, Strabane Co Tyrone N.I.

I am trying to find out if Kooikara Ruwan Premalal, the 9th grade boy I sponsor through World Vision, and is family are OK. Thanks and God bless!
Amy Honda, Lunugamvehera, Sri Lanka

Desperately worried about our Sri-lankan friends Shannaz & Aznayn Carder and their children Hafsha and Ayuub, Galle Road, Colombo-3. Also Nizrana Farook, Farhaan Mohideen and Nuha (aged 1), in Colombo.
kathleen brown, Auchterless Scotland

we are looking for any news of our friend in berewala (sri lanka) he is called ranjit silva. he is a guide who runs the tuk tuk service opposite the tropical villas in berewala! any news will be greatly appreciated! he has a wife and 2 children! thank you
Stuart Riggs, chudleigh UK

My daughter is looking for information on Anna Luff and her family who are holidaying in Sri Lanka.
Norman Turnock, Lamerton, Devon

We are looking for our friends Commander Upul Da Silva(Sri Lankan NAVY) and his family ANY NEWS PLEASE Joan Buckland Uk
buckland, Hampshire England

This is my third attempt to enquire as to the safety of my sister's friend Jayanthi Logonathan and her family, Lohan, Mithila and Mithily who live in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. My sister is called Jane Cran, of Tregoney, Cornwall.
Caroline Gordon, Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK

Any news of our friend Ruwan Sirimanne from Epitaha Gedara Watha, Kommala, Bentota would be v welcome. He worked as a waiter at the Taj Exotica Hotel Bentota. His kindness has never been forgotton and we would like to help him and his family now if we can.
Karen Bresloff & Neil Boardman, London, England

We are trying to trace Y. S. De Silva, of Ahungalla, Sri Lanka. He was a driver for Kuoni and worked mainly out of the Bentota Beach Hotel. We know his family and want to know if they are all safe. He used to work as a driver for the Sri Lankan Prime Minister before Kuoni.
Sarah Wallace, Henlow, UK

Has any news been heard from Jill Carter 26.12.64 it was her 40th and she planned to go to the beach
m mallett, London, England

I'm searching for Angelo Samarawickrema. Anyone that knows him or anyone in his family..please contact me ASAP. He is a graphic designer that works and resides in London, UK. Origioanly from Sri Lanka. He goes home every holiday to Sri Lnaka to see his family. He has an Uncle that is lawyer in London. He also has family in Australia and possible Singapore. he has a Cousin...who is an MD...in Australia. His brother, his name is Chip. who is also going to Uni in London, UK. Please..any one that knows this family at all please contact me.
Karen Lee Wightman, Quebec, Canada

Earlier on, there was news on this webpage that Sonali Deraniyagala survived the tragedy. Where is she now and is this fact confirmed? What about the rest of family which seems missing: Steve Lissenburg and her two sons. Any news? Thank you for your information.
Katrin, Geneva, Switzerland

Am desparately seeking any news of my friend Mr sean thompson, who was to be in unawatuna for christmas. He is sixty years old with grey hair. Any news to his whereabouts would be greatly appreciated. If for one reason or another he didn't make it to lanka, then again any news would be good. I am currently in bolivia without my mobile, so cannot phone him to check. Thanks
jolyon davis, leicester england

Please, if anyone knows anything about Arie, Uduil, Bob, Kalu and Manu - or anyone from Top Secret, Galle Road Hikkaduwa could they get in touch
Hannah Clough, Bracknell, Berkshire

Desperate to know if Razil and family(owners of the MidBay Hotel,Arugam Bay)are alive and safe.
Pat Imamura, London UK

Looking for the Wijayratne family. they were visiting family for the holiday somewhere in Sri lanka. they live in mobile alabama They have two children, Anuki, 7 yr old girl and Shunaka who may be around 3.
wendy oneal, mobile alabama

looking for news of Jill Sedgwick, British citizen, on vacation in Sri Lanka
Mark Elliott, Crestone, USA

Trying to locate my friends "S.Sujeevan and R.sutharshan" who were my class amte 87' "d.s.s.college batch batch
guveraa, srilamka/crow isalnd

I am concerned about the family of Amaya Gunasekera. She is 15 or 16 years old. I understand that she may have recently moved back to Sri Lanka.
Melanee McDaniel, Mauldin, SC USA

I'm seeking news from my friend Naueen Suriya. He is a tall and slim guy, age 23, from Kohuwela, Sri Lanka. Any information will be greatly appreciated.
Julie Hamilton, Chateauguay, Canada

Herath, kithsiri and family university of perediniya colombo
alan winter, ukiah,ca

I am trying to get word on Priyanka Fernando and his family Bishani, Nipum, and Yasind. He lives on Koswatte Road in Nawala Najaginiya. Any work
suzanne howell burkle, colorado springs Colorado

I am looking for information on the whereabouts and welfare of my children's pediatrician...Dr. Bandula Ranatunge and his family who were visiting his family in Sri Lanka. He is a pediatrician in Lancaster, California and any news of him or his family (wife and 2 daughters) would be appreciated. My friend and I are VERY concerned for him and his family. Thank you!
Heather Duffin, Palmdale, California USA

We're concerned about the status of the owner of Exotic Tours located at No.9, 19th Lane, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka. His name is Sam Sultan and wife's name is Mareena. We haven't heard anything.
Sam Holtec, Valrico Florida USA

Wondering about a colleague Dr Ferina Ismail who we believe was getting married somewhere in Sri Lanka and then going on to possibly the Maldives for a honeymoon (again, not so sure). Nobody we have spoken to seems to know anything, and we ould like to know that both herself and her family are safe and well. Any information a help. Thank you
Ian Pearce, London, England

Looking for friends Andre, Ano, Yanik, Yhevin and Yahren Tissera of Sri Lanka. Last at Aragambe -- pls send word.
Camille Ma, Bangkok, Thailand

I am looking for information regarding a student from Michigan who was visiting Sri Lanka, Mike Telesz-Davis.
Pam Rusin, Waterford, Michigan, USA

Looking for the Connie Otteson and her daughter Britta live in Galle, Sri Lanka please help me
Rosemary Forbes, Tomball,TX USA

Concerned about the Jacobs family (Paul, Usha, Chloe) who were visiting Sri Lanka from Melbourne Australia
Stephen Klyen, Perth, Australia

Family from my son's school visiting relatives in Sri Lanka. Looking for good news to pass on to all his classmates. The family is the PERERA family. The parent's names are Dinesh and Shashi and the boys are Vishal and Praveen.
J. Hermann, Iowa, US

I am extremely concerned about my very dear family friend Roger Ely, who was staying at his hotel, the Sunbeach, at Narigama beach, Hikkaduwa, about 10 kms north of Galle. Roger is about 5'9" tall, very dark, clean-shaven, does not wear glasses. Or does anyone know the whereabouts of Neil Butler, of Glasgow, who is co-owner with Roger of the hotel? Or does anyone know how I can find out about conditions at Hikkaduwa? Everything I can find on the web (eg Daily News, Sri Lanka, and other local press) suggests that the area was very badly hit. I heard on the radio this morning that foreigners from the area have been taken to Colombo airport to be flown out and that local people have been taken to a holding centre in Galle. But what I would really like to know is approx how many / what proportion of people from the Hikkaduwa area survived. I would be so grateful of any info anyone can give. Thank you.
Ruth Ling, London, UK

I am looking for Vindya Ileperuma. Her father's name is Regis Ileperuma Mawatha
Michelle Hogan, Galle, Sri Lanka

I would like any info about Rev. Joseph Vas. He was the priest at an Oklahoma City hospital where my grandma worked and we attended services there, he retired and moved back to Mahabage. Ragama. Sri Lanka several years ago, he is very special to our family and we are worried about him, thank you and God Bless!!
Sharon (Towler) Meador, Charleston, AR

John, Lesley, Ben and Katie Brackson whom we knew went to Sri Lanka over the Christmas Holiday when disaster struck. We hope you are among the lucky who escaped this tragedy and are thoughts and prayers are for all the departed and ones left behind. Any news of you would be appreciated.
Cedric and Anna Guthrie, Chester Canada

02 Childrens misplaced in Hambanthota Girl :- Ashra Moulana Age :- 6 Years Boy :- Arshad Moulana Age :- 3 1/2 Years Father :- Azwar Moulana Mother :- Hasainiya Moulana
Hibshy, Hambanthota / Sri Lanka

About my friend Rasitha Leelasena holidaying in colonbo Sri Lanka with his friends from London.Any information would be appreciated.
Taeko Kikuchi, Tokyo,Japan

Waiting to hear that a dear friend - Georgina Harding - travelling to Galle is safe. Georgina is travelling with her daughter and friends. She works at a school in Delhi.
David Williams, Delhi, India & Manchester, UK

Information on Ian Fisher from Seattle. Spends winters in Asia.
LaDon Bradburn,

Trying to find out if yoga retreat "Samadhi" In Hikkadwa, Sri Lanka has being hit and how can we be of help. Please let us know if anyone has any info about it. Thanks
cristiana de Melo, London, England





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