US, Canada condole with quake victims
MANILA – The United States and Canada expressed their condolences to the victims of the devastating earthquake that jolted Bohol and other provinces in Visayas and Mindanao on Tuesday morning.
"The U.S. extends our deepest condolences for the tragic loss of life and injuries as well as damage caused by the earthquake in Bohol, Philippines," the US Embassy in Manila said in a statement.
It added that "America has always stood by the Philippines in times of need and we do so now".
As of posting, 107 people were killed in the magnitude 7.2 quake. Of the total, 97 people died in Bohol, the quake's epicenter; 9 in Cebu; and 1 in Siquijor.
All provinces are famous tourist destinations in the Philippines.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird offered sympathies to the quake victims 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," Baird said.
Canada, Baird said, continues to closely monitor events in the region and is 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," said Baird.
Canadian citizens in the Philippines requiring emergency assistance should contact the Canadian embassy in Manila at (63-2) 857-9000 or 1-800-1-110-0226 (toll-free within the Philippines only using a landline).
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 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted where available) or 1-800-387-3124. They can also send an email to [email protected].