Canada Offers Condolences to People of Philippines Following Earthquake

October 15, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones or have otherwise been affected by the earthquake that struck the Philippines’ central Visayas region, including Bohol and Cebu.

“Canada continues to closely monitor events in the region and stands ready to provide emergency consular assistance to Canadian citizens as required.

“Canada stands in solidarity with the people of the Philippines during this difficult time.”

Canadian citizens in the Philippines requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Canadian embassy in Manila at (02) 857-9000. After hours they may contact Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre by dialling 1-800-1-110-0226 (toll-free within the Philippines if calling from a landline) or 001-613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted where available).
 
Friends and relatives in Canada concerned for Canadian citizens they believe to be in the affected area should contact Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa by calling toll-free 1-800-387-3124 or 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted).They can also send an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

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