Fri, February 25, 2011
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Thai identification officials leaving for New Zealand

2011-02-25 09:59:40 GMT2011-02-25 17:59:40(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BANGKOK, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- Seven Thai officials from Royal Thai Police Forensic Science Bureau will leave for earthquake-hit New Zealand on Saturday night to help seek for and identify six missing Thais, national police chief said Friday.

The team includes experts in DNA testing, fingerprinting, dentistry and forensic science and is led by bureau chief Pol Lt- Gen Charamporn Suramanee. They will leave on a flight to New Zealand on Saturday at 7.30 p.m.

Initially, the National Police chief Pol Gen Wichien Poteposri granted 200,000 U.S. dollars to support the forensic team.

Pol Lt-Gen Sujetana Sothipan, a DNA expert and team member, said her previous experience in identifying Tsunami victims will be useful for this mission.

Six Thai practical nurses are still missing. Among more than 120 people, they were believed to be trapped in the rubble of a collapsed multi-storey building which housed an English language school popular with foreign students. Rescuers say it is unlikely there will be any more survivors from the building.

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