30 Nov 2008

MFAT keeping track of New Zealanders in Asia

11:56 am on 30 November 2008

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is keeping track of New Zealanders in India and Thailand, following militant attacks and anti-government protests.

MFAT is continuing to track down information about New Zealanders in India, following attacks in the commercial capital of Mumbai.

The ministry says it has been making inquiries about 198 New Zealanders in India and 192 have been confirmed as safe and well.

MFAT says the remaining six are not all necessarily in Mumbai, formerly Bombay, and it has no cause for concern about their safety.

It says there have ben no reports of New Zealand casualties.

Two consular officials from the New Zealand High Commission are in Mumbai helping with inquiries.

MFAT says it is aware of about 150 New Zealanders stranded in Bangkok because of the closure of two airports there due to anti-government protests.

It has ongoing contact with them and has no concerns for their safety.