Canada Offers Condolences Following Typhoon Morakot

(No. 222 - August 13, 2009) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today offered Canada’s condolences to the people of China, the Philippines and Taiwan following the tragic loss of life resulting from Typhoon Morakot.

"On behalf of the government and people of Canada, I extend our sincerest sympathies to those affected by the typhoon," said Minister Cannon.

"Canadian officials in Ottawa and staff in China, the Philippines and Taiwan are closely monitoring the aftermath of Typhoon Morakot. We recognize that Taiwan has been particularly hard-hit by the storm."

Canadians in the affected areas who require emergency consular assistance should contact the Canadian Embassy in Beijing at 86 (10) 5139-4000, the Canadian Embassy in Manila at 63 (2) 857-9000 or 857-9001 or the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei at 886 (2) 2544-3000. Alternatively, they may call Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Emergency Operations Centre collect at 613-996-8885. They may also 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, especially in the southern and eastern regions, should contact the Emergency Operations Centre at 1-800-387-3124; those in Ottawa should dial 613-943-1055. They may also send an email to the address above.

For up-to-date information, consult Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s travel reports for China, the Philippines and Taiwan.

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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