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Wednesday, 29 December, 2004

Identity of HK citizen killed in tsunami confirmed

HONG KONG, Dec. 29 (Xinhuanet) -- A spokesman for the Hong Kong government said Wednesday that the identity of a Hong Kong man who died in tsunami in Phuket, Thailand, has been confirmed.

According to the spokesman, the deceased was identified as Mr. Leung, 39, who held a Hong Kong identity card and a British passport.

Hong Kong Immigration Officers in Phuket Tuesday evening received report from a lady of foreign nationality that her husband was killed in the tsunami attack.

The lady informed immigration officers that she had identified the corpse of her husband and had informed the British Embassy in Thailand about her husband's death. Immigration officers at Phuketare keeping close contact with the lady and will provide necessary assistance to her.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa Tuesday called for efforts to assist Hong Kong residents affected by the tsunamis in Sumatra, Indonesia and other places.

According to Hong Kong Chief Secretary Donald Tsang, 64 Hong Kong people had returned to Hong Kong from tsunami-hit areas by Tuesday afternoon, while another 200-odd could not be contacted yet.

More Hong Kong immigration officers will be sent to Thailand to provide assistance to and facilitate the safe return of Hong Kong people. Enditem

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