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Britons still unaccounted for in New Orleans

Attempts were continuing today to trace more than 130 Britons unaccounted for in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as New Orleans prepares to retrieve thousands of bodies from the flood-ravaged city.
Foreign Office Minister Lord Triesman said it is believed that many of British nationals were likely to be safe, but confirmed urgent work was being carried out to find them.

British consular officials will enter the city for the first time today after they were finally given permission by US authorities who had previously barred access on grounds of safety.