There are 1,415 citizens missing in earthquake-ravaged Haiti as Canada continues its relief efforts and as concerns set in about health and sanitation issues in the countrys capital.
Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon provided a grim picture of the situation this morning in a briefing, confirming four Canadian deaths so far and 13 injuries. Over 550 Canadians have been located, he said.
I understand the worrisome situation afflicting everyone impacted by the disaster. This is a very difficult period and some of the images we have seen and continue to see are unbearable for everyone, Mr. Cannon said.
About 50 Canadians have taken refuge at the Canadian embassy in Port-au-Prince, he said. Another 50 citizens are being assisted elsewhere.
It is believed there are 6,000 Canadians in Haiti.
However, three Canadian Forces planes have so far been able to evacuate 272 Canadians.
However, four flights will be made to Haiti today from Canada. He said further DART components will be brought in, including six armoured SUVs and additional personnel.
There are 144 Canadian personnel on the ground in Haiti now. Five hundred military personnel are on the two ships that left Halifax yesterday; it is expected they will be in Haiti in a few days.
More than 1,400 Canadians missing amid 'unbearable' images in Haiti - The Globe and Mail