January 13, 2010

Canadians concerned about loved ones in Haiti are being asked to call the Department of Foreign Affairs emergency operation centre at 1 (800) 387-3124, or inquire by email at sos@international.gc.ca.

Canadians requiring assistance in Haiti are being asked to contact embassy officials by calling (613) 996-8885.

The devastation:
The extent of the damage in Haiti is becoming clear.

A 7.0 magnitude quake has left hundreds, possibly thousands dead.

Phone lines are down, so information is still very hard to come by.

A five story U.N. building was destroyed. The presidential palace lay in ruins.

Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere is pleading for world aid.

US President Barack Obama has said his "thoughts and prayers" were with the people of that country and peldged immediate aid.

The US Coast Guard has mobilized cutters and aircraft to positions close to Haiti to give humanitarian aid if needed.

Peter Armstrong

Peter Armstrong