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Number of Russians on Hainan Island hit by typhoon may reach 2,000 people

June 23, 2015, 20:20 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Tens of thousands of local residents have been evacuated from the most dangerous localities, airports in the typhoon area are not working
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MOSCOW, June 23. /TASS/. About 2,000 Russian citizens may be on China’s Hainan Island hit by Typhoon Kujira, Russia’s Consulate General in Guangzhou told TASS.

Typhoon Kujira hit China’s Hainan province last night, with the wind speed at the center reaching 25 meters per second. Tens of thousands of local residents have been evacuated from the most dangerous localities, airports in the typhoon area are not working, more than a hundred flights have been cancelled.

"The Consulate General doesn’t have precise information on the number of Russian tourists who are currently at the sea resorts of Hainan province, but, according to our estimates, their number may total 2,000 people," a representative of the diplomatic mission said, adding that they did not receive requests for assistance from Russian nationals.

The diplomat noted citing Russian tourist agencies in Sanya that all planned tourist activities were taking place on a routine basis, no emergency situations have been recorded.

Spokeswoman for the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism (Rostourism) Irina Shchegolkova earlier told TASS that it hadn’t received information on Russian tourists affected by the typhoon.

Meanwhile, Executive Director of the Association of Russia’s Association of Tour Operators Maya Lomidze confirmed that there was no threat for Russian tourists. She noted that the areas in Hainan province where Russian citizens were vacationing had not been affected by the typhoon.

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