Canada Offers Condolences and Aid Following Flooding in Thailand

(No. 320 - October 26, 2011 - 6 p.m. ET) Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today offered Canada’s condolences to the people of Thailand as they cope with rising and devastating floodwaters.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I express profound sympathy to the families and friends of those missing or killed in the recent flooding,” said Baird, who spoke by telephone to his Thai counterpart, Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, earlier this week. “Canada is deeply concerned about the well-being of those affected by this disaster. Thailand has a friend in Canada, and we stand with the Thai people during this difficult time.”

On October 25, Minister of International Cooperation Beverley J. Oda announced Canada’s support to the people of Thailand through a $1-million contribution for humanitarian assistance to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

“Canada’s contribution will help provide clean water, basic medicines and essential household relief items to support those who are most vulnerable in the wake of the extensive flooding in Thailand,” said Minister Oda. “The IFRC will help meet the immediate material needs of approximately 27,000 families in Thailand through the distribution of relief kits containing food and essential items such as medicine and safe drinking water.”

The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), echoed Minister Baird’s sentiments and added, “Canada is in close contact with Thai authorities to determine the impact of the flooding, and our officials remain ready to provide consular services to any Canadians affected.”

The Embassy of Canada to Thailand in Bangkok is providing consular assistance to Canadians as required. Canadians in the affected areas should monitor local news and follow the advice of local authorities.

Canadian citizens requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Canadian embassy in Bangkok at 66 (0) 2636-0540, or call Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Emergency Operations Centre toll-free from Thailand at 001-800-156-220-0142. They may also send an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

Friends and relatives in Canada seeking information about Canadian citizens believed to have been affected should call Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada at 613-996-8885 or 1-800-387-3124 (toll-free within Canada). Alternatively, they may send an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

Canadians are advised against non-essential travel to Bangkok and other flood-affected areas. Canadian citizens who do travel to the country should register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to receive the latest advice from the Canadian mission responsible for the area in which they are located. For up-to-date travel information, consult Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Travel Report for Thailand at www.travel.gc.ca.

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