Canada Offers Condolences to India Following Flooding

(No. 295 - October 6, 2009 - 5:45 p.m. EDT) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today offered Canada's condolences to the people of India following the flooding in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

"On behalf of all Canadians, I offer condolences to the friends and family members of those who lost their lives," said Minister Cannon. "I also extend my sympathies to all those who have been affected by the heavy rains and subsequent flooding that left millions without homes."

Officials of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) in Ottawa and at the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi have been actively monitoring the flooding in southern India and are investigating whether any Canadians are affected by this event.

To date, there are no reports of Canadian deaths or injuries due to the flooding.

Canadian citizens in the affected areas requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi at 91 (11) 4178-2000. Alternatively, they may call DFAIT's Emergency Operations Centre collect at 613-996-8885 or send an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

Friends and relatives in Canada seeking information on Canadian citizens believed to be in the affected areas should also contact the Emergency Operations Centre by calling 1-800-387-3124 or 613-943-1055. They may also send an email to the address above.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Natalie Sarafian
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
613-995-1851

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874