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The number of missing Russian tourists, who were vacationing on the Thai island of Phuket, is currently 36 people
The number of missing Russian tourists, who were vacationing on the Thai island of Phuket when tsunami hit the island on December 26, 2004, is currently 36 people, announced Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Alexander Yakovenko. "This figure was determined on the basis of the most recent data received by the operative headquarters and the Thai immigration authorities," Mr. Yakovenko said. He also confirmed that the number of Russian tourists who were killed by tsunami had reached ten people. Two of the bodies - mother and son Lipuntsovy had been identified and returned to relatives. Eight other bodies of Russian tourists are being identified at present. Mr. Yakovenko reported that the Russian Embassy in Thailand identified 730 Russian tourists who were vacationing on the island of Phuket and neighboring islands at the time of the natural catastrophe. They were not affected by the disaster. The number of Russian tourists on vacation in other parts of Thailand, including zones unaffected by tsunami is 130 people. The list was composed according to information provided by relatives and friends of Russian tourists by phone calls to the Russian ministry's operative headquarters and to the Russian Embassy in Thailand. According to Mr. Yakovenko, the officials from the Russian Embassy in Thailand are currently focusing their efforts on the search for missing Russian tourists who might have been in the disaster zone. The search area primarily includes the island of Phuket and small neighboring islands.
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