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Information concerning the situation of Venezuelan citizens affected by Hurricane Katrina

PRESS RELEASE

Information concerning the situation of Venezuelan citizens living in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama and affected by Hurricane Katrina

Caracas, September 1, 2005

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela informs that of the 1200 Venezuelan citizens registered with the Consulate in the city of New Orleans, which has jurisdiction over the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, an estimated 70 percent may have had there homes and possessions flooded and destroyed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. To date no deaths of Venezuelans have been confirmed.

Currently the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is coordinating with CITGO Corporation, a subsidiary of the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to allow for the rapid assistance to the affected, notably Venezuelans who reside in the disaster area.

Similarly, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela informs that the Consulate in New Orleans will be closed until further notice, and that at this time a census is being completed of Venezuelans residing in the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs further informs that those interested in obtaining or providing information or in channeling donations for relief efforts can do so through the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Washington, D.C. at (202) 342-5317 or via email at emergencia@embavenez-us.org.

 
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