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WORLD TODAY: Quake zone Brits safe.

NINETEEN British holidaymakers missing after being caught up in the Chinese earthquake have been found safe and well, the British ambassador to China said today.

Sir William Ehrman said: "Of the group of 19 British tourists that were missing in the Wolong area 14 have now been evacuated to Chengdu where they are safe and well. They are being looked after by UK consular officials. We understand the remaining five tourists are also safe."

They had been out of touch since the 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck in Sichuan province on Monday. The official death toll rose to nearly 15,000 yesterday, but it is feared the number could skyrocket. Around 26,000 people remain buried in collapsed buildings.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 15, 2008
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