Baird Statement Following Earthquakes in China

September 7, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement following the earthquakes in the Chinese provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou:

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with those affected by the earthquakes.

“Through our embassy in Beijing and our consulate in Chongqing, the Government of Canada is in close contact with local authorities to determine the impact of the earthquakes.

“China has significant experience with natural disasters and proven capacity in responding to them. However, Canada stands ready to provide assistance if requested.

“Canadian diplomatic offices in the region are ready to provide consular assistance to Canadians as required.”

Canadian citizens in China affected by the earthquakes and requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Canadian consulate in Chongqing at 0 (23) 6373-8007, or call Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre toll-free at 10800-1400125 from any landline in Chongqing or collect at 613-996-8885. An email may also be sent to sos@international.gc.ca.

Friends and relatives in Canada seeking information on Canadian citizens believed to have been affected by the earthquakes should call the Centre at 1-800-387-3124 or 613-996-8885. Alternatively, they may send an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

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