Canada Offers Condolences Following Typhoon in the Philippines

December 4, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), today issued the following statement in response to Typhoon Bopha (known locally as Pablo), which has claimed more than 40 lives:

“On behalf of all Canadians, we offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to those who have lost loved ones or have been otherwise affected by Typhoon Bopha. We stand with the people of the Philippines during this difficult time and remain ready to provide assistance if requested.

“Officials at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and at the Embassy of Canada in Manila are closely following the path of Typhoon Bopha.”

Canadian citizens in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Bopha and requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Embassy of Canada in Manila at 63 (2) 857-9000, or call Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre collect at 613-996-8885. An email can also be sent to sos@international.gc.ca.

Friends and relatives in Canada concerned for Canadian citizens they believe may have been affected by the typhoon should call Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre at 613-996-8885, or toll-free within Canada at 1-800-387-3124. Alternatively, they may send an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

Canadian citizens travelling or living abroad are advised to register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service on the www.travel.gc.ca website in order to receive the latest advice from the Canadian mission responsible for the area in which they are located. Also, they can consult the relevant country Travel Report or follow Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada on Twitter: @DFAIT_MAECI for the latest updates on travel advice and warnings.

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