Philippines Death Toll in Typhoon Aftermath Climbing
OTTAWA – The death toll in the Philippines could exceed 10,000 people. Across Canada many Filipino Canadians are seeking information about their family and friends. Across the country telephone and Internet service is out. Getting information out, and getting humanitarian aid is right now is difficult.
Social networks like Facebook, and email are common communications tools for many people who want to keep in touch.
Canada has offered in $5 million in aid to help immediate humanitarian efforts.
Prime Minister Harper Statement
Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement on Typhoon Haiyan, which first hit the Philippines on November 8th:
“On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I extend our deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones as a result of Typhoon Haiyan. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this devastating natural disaster. Canada is standing by to offer any possible assistance to the Philippines in responding to this emergency. Our officials in Ottawa and at our mission in Manila continue to closely monitor the situation, and remain in contact with relevant local officials and humanitarian partners.
“I am keenly aware of all the Filipino-Canadians anxiously waiting for news on their loved ones.
“Relatives and friends seeking information on Canadian citizens believed to be in the affected areas should contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre by calling 1-800-387-3124 or 613-996-8885. They may also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Donate to Help
On Friday, the Canadian Red Cross mobilized efforts to help.