Kiwi Sri Lankans organise peace vigil in Aotea Square

Pakistani mourners light candles in honour of victims of the Sri Lanka bombings.
Pakistani mourners light candles in honour of victims of the Sri Lanka bombings. Photo credit: Reuters

A peace vigil to honour those affected by the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka is to be held in Auckland on Monday afternoon.

A Facebook event named Kia Kaha Sri Lanka / Peace Vigil has been set up to invite Aucklanders to make their way to Aotea Square from 2pm.

"We are in shock, and in grief. As the situation continues to unfold, we are likely to hear some very heavy news in the days ahead," the event's description reads.

The organisers are encouraging people to invite their friends and whanau along to support Kiwis with Sri Lankan ties.

"The Kiwi Sri Lankan community needs your aroha! Let's stand together for Sri Lanka!"

At present, no other vigils have been planned for other parts of New Zealand.

More than 200 people were killed and at least 450 injured in bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

Up to 32 of the dead were foreigners, including five British people and three Indians, according to officials in those countries.

There are 25 unidentified bodies, believed to be of foreigners, at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer's mortuary, Sri Lanka's foreign ministry said.

There are 214 New Zealanders registered on SafeTravel as being in Sri Lanka, but there have been no reports of any Kiwis being injured in the blasts.

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