(No. 20 - January 14, 2011 - 11 a.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today offered Canada's condolences to the people of Brazil following widespread flooding and mudslides, which have resulted in loss of life and extensive damage in southeastern Brazil.
"On behalf of all Canadians, I extend our sympathies to all those affected by the devastating flooding, which has had an impact on thousands of people and forced the evacuation of several towns," said Minister Cannon. "I also offer condolences to the friends and families of those who lost their lives. Our thoughts are with Brazil, our close friend and partner, during this challenging time."
There have been no reports of Canadian deaths or injuries due to the flooding or related events. Canadians in the affected areas who require emergency consular assistance should contact the Consulate General of Canada in São Paulo at (11) 5509-4321 or the Consulate General of Canada in Rio de Janeiro at (21) 2543-3004. Alternatively, they may contact Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada's Emergency Operations Centre by calling collect 613-996-8885 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends and relatives in Canada seeking information on Canadian citizens believed to be in the affected areas should 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.
For up-to-date information, consult Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada's Travel report for Brazil.
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Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
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