01 March 2010

Canadian Embassy in Chile searches for missing Canadians

Just over 200 Canadians are still missing in Chile’s earthquake devastated areas, and Canadian consular officials are working to locate and evacuate Canadians from the area.

Canadian Embassy

The Canadian Embassy in Santiago is searching for Canadians who are still unaccounted for in the country after the earthquake.

Canadian foreign minister Lawrence Cannon said consular officials estimate that 5,000 Canadians reside in the country, and approximately 1,000 of them are in the affected area.

“Our Canadian Embassy in Santiago continues to reach out to those Canadians present in the country,” he said.

“The airport is expected to be closed for at least the next 48 hours, which will affect people’s ability to depart. As the Government of Chile has noted, patience will be required,” he said.

To date, the Canadian Operations Centre has received close to 4,000 calls and a total of 231 Canadian have been located, but the number of unaccounted Canadians stands at 254.

“We continue to use all available means to locate Canadians so they can be reunited with their loved ones,” Cannon said.

The Canadian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people lodge their Canadian Visa with Canadian Immigration.   

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