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130 Indians saved from Italian shipwreck, control room set up

India has set up a control room in both New Delhi and in its mission in Italy to help families find out about their relatives who were aboard a luxury liner which ran aground off the Tuscan coast in Italy. At least 130 Indians were aboard the ship but all of them have been saved.

India's external affairs ministry Monday said it has set up a control room for any enquiries/information relating to Indian passengers on board the passenger ship 'Costa Concordia' which hit a reef off the island of Giglio, in Italy, Friday.

The contact numbers of the control room in New Delhi are: South Block -- Tel: +91-11-23012113 & 23015300; Fax: +91-11-23018158; E.Mail: controlroom@mea.gov.in

The families can also contact the control room set up in the Indian embassy in Rome. The contact details are: Embassy of India, Via XX Settembre, 5, 0187, Rome (Italy); Tel: +39-06-4884642 to 45 (Switchboard); +39-3311928710 (First Secretary V. Negi); +39 -3311928715 (Sunil Aggarwal); Fax: +39-06-48195389; E.Mail: hoc.rome@mea.gov.in.

At least 130 Indians were rescued on life boats after the Costa Concordia tipped over off the Tuscan coast in Italy. Five people died in the incident, but so far there has been no report of Indian casualties.

External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has asked India's ambassador to Italy, Debabrata Saha to reach the accident spot to coordinate the rescue operations. Two Indian officials have already reached the site.

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