Canada Offers Condolences to Colombia After Flooding and Landslides

(No. 383 - December 7, 2010 - 10:10 a.m. ET) The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), today issued the following statement offering Canada’s condolences to the people of Colombia following widespread flooding and landslides, which have resulted in loss of life and extensive damage in many parts of the country:

“On behalf of all Canadians, I offer condolences to the loved ones of those who lost their lives. I would also like to extend my sympathies to all those affected by the heavy rains, flooding and landslides, which have destroyed and damaged thousands of homes, leaving families to seek emergency shelter.

“We are monitoring the situation very closely. Canada will continue to examine options available to support the affected population as specific needs are identified by Colombian authorities and international agencies.”

Canadian citizens in the affected areas who require emergency consular assistance should contact the Canadian embassy in Bogotá at +57 (1) 657-9800. Alternatively, they may contact Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Emergency Operations Centre collect at 613-996-8885 or send an email to sos@international.gc.ca. Friends and relatives in Canada seeking information on Canadian citizens believed to be in the affected areas should contact the Emergency Operations Centre by calling 1-800-387-3124 or, for those in Ottawa, 613-943-1055. They may also send an email to the address above.

For up-to-date information, consult Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Travel Report Colombia.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Meredith McDonald
Senior Communications Adviser
Office of the Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas)
613-944-7013

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874
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