Lots of very encouraging news today:
- John Bergen of Sichuan Tech and Business College in Dujiangyan, the first missing foreigner that we posted here, has been found alive and kicking by NBC. He gives his account of the earthquake in the video on the right. Some of his fellow-teachers and students were not so lucky and did not escape from the earthquake, but Bergen says he is determined to stay on and help them rebuild the school.
- The group of 26 Malaysian tourists feared missing after the quake are “safe, but stranded”, much to the relief of several relatives that have been in touch with Shanghaiist, including twitterer Dedric Lam. The Star reports that the Malaysian embassy was getting the Sichuan provincial government’s assistance to move the group to Maoxian which is about 150km from Chengdu.
- Chad, Jenny and Matthew Graber at Aba Teachers College have also been found and made contact with their family. However, there is no news from another teacher Jan-Mark NAAIJER yet and magali and neeser123 are trying to make contact with him. Arial photos of Aba Teachers College show that the school is standing still so Naaijer is probably somewhere around.
UPDATE, May 18, 14:11: Jan-Mark Naaijer has been found!
- UPDATE, 13:40: Forwarded to us from Chengdu’s English-language magazine Chengdoo:
Five British nationals are believed to be in the quake region and have not yet been accounted for.
1. Daniel Mark Evans (DOB 09/01/76)
2. Joseph Kitchen (DOB not known)
3. Laura Hall (DOB unknown)
4. Michelle Tearson/Pearson? (DOB 19/05/82)
5. Raymond Steven Robinson (DOB 11/09/41)
Please contact us or Alex on 023 6388 8888 ext: 6352 if you have any information about the people above.
If you or anyone close to you has been affected by the earthquake, please write to us at info AT shanghaiist DOT com. While we may not be able to verify or fact check each specific case, we will do our part to compile a list of foreigners missing after the quake and hopefully connect a few of them to their loved ones.