Update on assistance to HK people affected by Sichuan earthquake (as at 6am)

    The Immigration Department had not received any new requests for assistance today (May 26) (up to 6am) in connection with the Sichuan earthquake.

    A government spokesman said there was one remaining case of requests for assistance, involving a male Hong Kong resident who was working in Mainland.

    The Immigration Department has so far received 126 requests for assistance and 472 enquiries since the earthquake. Among the requests, there are 101 cases in which Hong Kong residents reportedly lost contact with their families, one injury and 24 other cases
mainly involving the loss of travel documents or money.

    The Immigration Department will continue to work with the Office of the HKSARG in Beijing and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Chengdu to maintain close liaison with Mainland authorities to
follow up on the cases and render all practical assistance to Hong Kong residents in need.

    Those who require assistance may call the Immigration Department's 24-hour hotline at (852)1868.

Ends/Monday, May 26, 2008
Issued at HKT 06:24