Not unreasonably, Saudi parents are concerned about their children attending universities along the US East Coast in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Arab News reports that all the students are safe, though some seemed to be expecting more from the Saudi Embassy in terms of support.
Saudi students in US safe from Sandy
JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS
Saudi students in the United States, who live on the path of hurricane Sandy, are safe, said an official of the Saudi Embassy in the United States.
“More than 40,000 Saudi students were moved from places that were likely to be hit by the storm. They are now in hotels at safe locations,” said Cultural Attaché at the Saudi Embassy in Washington Muhammad Al-Eisa on Tuesday.
More than 18,000 Saudis are studying in higher education facilities on the East Coast, which was hit hard by Sandy. The total number of Saudi students in the United States is put at 92,000.
Al-Eisa denied that his office was unresponsive to calls for help, as some students on scholarship program had claimed.
“These are the impatient reactions of some students gripped by tension and fear. While an official at the attaché’s office would be answering urgent calls of some students, other student callers will have to wait until the official was free,” Al-Madinah daily quoted Al-Eisa as saying.
The diplomat said his office had been sending emails and text messages to all Saudi students in the US, advising them to coordinate with the embassy in Washington or the consulate in New York on any emergency development.