Canada Offers Condolences Following Flooding in Philippines

(No. 382 - December 17, 2011 - 6:50 p.m. ET) Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“On behalf of all Canadians, I extend my deepest sympathies to the friends and families who have lost loved ones or are otherwise affected by tropical storm Washi.

“We are monitoring the situation closely and stand ready to provide emergency consular assistance to Canadian citizens as required.

“To date, there are no reports of Canadian fatalities or injuries as a result of the tropical storm.

“We advise Canadians to stay informed of regional weather forecasts and to follow the advice of local authorities.

“We stand with the people of the Philippines during this difficult time.”

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For more information:

Travel report for the Philippines: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/report_rapport-eng.asp?id=239000.

Canadian embassy in Manila: (2) 857-9000.

DFAIT’s Emergency Operations Centre: 1-800-387-3124 or sos@international.gc.ca

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Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
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