Canada Offers Condolences to Sri Lankans Affected by Flooding

(No. 24 – January 14, 2011 – 6:40 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today offered Canada's condolences to the people of Sri Lanka following widespread flooding and landslides, which have resulted in loss of life and extensive damage.

"On behalf of all Canadians, I offer condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives," said Minister Cannon. "I also extend our sympathies to all those affected by the devastating flooding."

Canadian citizens in the affected areas who require emergency consular assistance should contact the High Commission of Canada in Colombo at +00 (94-11) 522-62-32. 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 sos@international.gc.ca.

Relatives and friends 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. 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 Sri Lanka.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Lynn Meahan
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
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