Canada Offers Condolences to Victims After Severe Flooding in Southeast Asia

(No. 306 - October 18, 2011 - 6 p.m. ET) Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today offered Canada’s condolences and support to the people of Southeast Asia following monsoon rains that have devastated many parts of the region.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I offer condolences and sympathies to those who have lost loved ones, livelihoods and property to rain, floods and mudslides,” said Minister Baird. “The people of Southeast Asia have a friend in Canada, and we stand ready to assist if asked.”

The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), advises that Canadian citizens in Southeast Asia who require emergency consular assistance should call the following numbers:

Cambodia: Australian embassy in Phnom Penh at 855 (23) 213-470.

Laos: Australian embassy in Vientiane at 856 (21) 353-800.

Thailand: Canadian embassy in Bangkok at 66 (0) 2636-0540 or the Canadian consulate in Chiang Mai at 66 (0) 5385-0147.

Vietnam: Canadian embassy in Hanoi at 84 (4) 3734-5000 or the Consulate General of Canada in Ho Chi Minh City at 84 (8) 3827-9899.

Alternatively, they may contact Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Emergency Operations Centre by placing a collect call to (613) 996-8885 or by sending 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 contact the Emergency Operations Centre by calling 1-800-387-3124 or 613-996-8885. They may also send an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

For up-to-date information, consult Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s travel reports for Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam at www.travel.gc.ca.

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