01.15.2010 09:18 AM

1,400 Canadians Missing in Haiti

If the Foreign Affairs figure is correct – and all of us of course pray that the number will shrink, as more people are found alive – then the Haitian earthquake will likely rank as one of the highest Canadian death tolls in a long time, will it not? I don’t keep track of these sorts of grim statistics, but it seems to me with have not had a disaster of this magnitude – affecting Canadian citizens – in many years.

The agency best-equipped to help, as you know, is the Red Cross. You can help them help here .

Minister says more than 1,400 Canadians still mssing in Haiti quake (Haiti-Earthquake-Cda)
Source: The Canadian Press
Jan 15, 2010 8:58

OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon says more than 1,400 Canadians are still missing in the quake-ravaged regions of Haiti.

Cannon says 272 Canadians have been flown out on military aircraft.

There are still 50 Canadians being sheltered at the Canadian embassy in Haiti, with 50 others housed elsewhere.

Cannon says the Canadian death toll remains at four, with 13 others injured.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay says the Canadian Forces have already flown in rescue equipment, humanitarian supplies and RCMP and military police officers, with four more flights scheduled for today.

He says there are 144 military personnel now on the ground in Haiti, with more to come.

The longer-term plan is to send two big C-17 transports in every day, with additional flights by smaller C-130 Hercules aircraft.

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