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Rice: US Will Help Countries Locate Missing Citizens


Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the United States is doing everything possible to help countries around the world locate any of their citizens missing in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

In a statement released Tuesday, Ms. Rice said Ambassador Joe Sullivan has established an operations center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She said foreigners impacted by the hurricane should contact their consulates or embassies in Washington, or other facilities located throughout the country.

Ms. Rice also said both the American and International Red Cross agencies have established websites to help people get reunited as quickly as possible.

There were about 35 foreign consulates in New Orleans, mostly from Latin America and Europe, before floodwaters from Katrina devastated the entire U.S. city. All of them have suspended operations or moved elsewhere. The French consulate has set up a temporary office in the city of Lafayette.

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