One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded hit the Philippines Friday where hundreds of Swedes are said to be living or visiting.
Super Typhoon Haiyan

Swedes in the Philippines urged to contact home

The Swedish Foreign Ministry is searching for citizens who have not been heard from since a powerful typhoon battered the islands of the central Philippines on Friday, newspaper Dagens Nyheter writes.

There are roughly 200 Swedes living permanently in the Philippines and the Swedish Foreign Ministry is trying to contact those who haven't reached out to authorities on their own accord.

"Our consulate in Manila trying to make contact with those who have not been heard from. But we have not received any indication that any have been in trouble," said Maria Parent, press officer with the Swedish Foreign Ministry.

Newspaper Aftonbladet reports on one of the incommunicado Swedes and his family's quest for information. Kristian Jacobson, 36, from Lund, was on the island of Boracay when it was hit by Typhoon Haiyan. He hasn't been heard from since Friday morning, his family told the newspaper.

"We are looking for information everywhere. It is obvious that we are worried," his sister Sarah Jacobsson said.

Maria Parent with the Foreign Ministry added that many of the 300 Swedish tourists in the Philippines have contacted family and friends at home to let them know they survived the deadly storm.

Six major Swedish companies--ABB, Accenture, Ericsson, SCA, Tetra Pak and Tieto--are also checking up on their employees in the Philippines. Ericsson is said to have had contact with all 700 of its employees.

Sweden is also mobilizing its emergency aid services to help with recovery efforts, news agency TT reports.

The country will give SEK20 million in aid to the Philippines, of which SEK15 million have already been sent to the International Committee of the Red Cross. The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency will use SEK5 million to transport and establish a mobile aid office.

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