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There were 109 Russians in the region hit by Hurricane Katrina
There were 109 Russians in the region hit by Hurricane Katrina, the Russian Vice-Consul in Houston, Sergei Meston, said Thursday. "Many of these people [including 17 students evacuated from a hotel roof in New Orleans] have already been evacuated to safe areas - Houston, Dallas, Clifford, Nashville, Birmingham, Atlanta," he said. No Russians are known to have been killed or injured. "However, 10-12 have not been located yet," he added. According to the vice-consul, Russians who have been evacuated to safe areas are not experiencing problems with accommodation. "Local offices of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, are sending people to evacuation sites," Meston said. "The Red Cross offices are providing them with food and clothing." The diplomat said the Russian Consulate was providing people inquiring about their relatives with phone numbers of local Red Cross offices and was helping them locate missing persons. None of the Russian citizens stranded in the United States by the hurricane requested assistance from the Consulate General to return to Russia. "Most of them are saying they would like to stay in the U.S., although we are ready to provide assistance if necessary, including issuing new ID papers," Meston said.
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