The Australian Maritime Security has informed the Sri Lankan High Commission in Canberra that there are no Sri Lankans among the 110 persons rescued on the capsized vessel close to Christmas Island.
It is reported that a vessel carrying over 200 people has capsized close to Christmas Islands, which lies off Australia’s north - west coast, in the Indonesian waters on 21st June afternoon.
The Ministry of External Affairs has been in touch with the Sri Lankan Missions in Canberra and Jakarta and is closely monitoring the developments round the clock to ascertain whether there are Sri Lankans among the victims.
It has been further informed that the Australian and Indonesian authorities are continuing their rescue and search operations to trace around 90 people who are still unaccounted for.
The Ministry of External Affairs will continue to monitor the situation and keep the public duly informed of further developments once further details become available.
For further inquiries please contact the Ministry of External Affairs (Tel: 2325371/2,2323015,0777736211),Sri Lankan High Commission in Canberra (Tel:0061402515242 and Sri Lankan Embassy in Jakarta (Tel:0062215271277) or browse the Ministry website at www.mea.gov.lk
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