China's Red Cross to reconnect those missing in Japan

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China's Red Cross Society has launched a free service to help reconnect those separated by the devastating 9.0-magnitude earthquake in Japan last week, the organization said Tuesday.

The service, instituted March 14, assists family members in reconnecting with those who have gone missing.

Those wishing to try the service can log on "the missing persons and family links website" on the organization's homepage to register the name of the missing person along with their own contact details, the organization said in a statement.

Those without internet service can fill out forms at local branches of China's Red Cross Society where workers can then post the information online.

The Red Cross will try to match up the people looking for a missing person with people who have registered on the site.

By Monday night, the Chinese embassy in Japan had not received reports of casualties of any Chinese nationals following the earthquake.

As of 3:45 p.m. (0645 GMT) Monday, some 10,746 Chinese nationals were confirmed safe in Japan, the embassy's figures showed.

China's Red Cross Society sent personnel to join an 8-member multi-national high-level support group of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), which is expected to arrive in the quake zone on March 16, the organization said.

The groups, comprised of Red Cross members from China, the United States, Canada, Australia, the Republic of Korea, Norway and Turkey, will help with disaster assessment and control, it said.

To date, China's Red Cross Society has donated 6 million yuan (around 912,964 U.S. dollars) in emergency aid to Japan following the massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami that have left thousands dead or missing.

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