Prime Minister Harper’s statement on Nepal earthquake

Courtesy BBC
Courtesy BBC

PRIME Minister Stephen Harper on Saturday issued the following statement on the earthquake that struck near Kathmandu, Nepal:

“On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I offer our heartfelt condolences to the people of Nepal and northern India who lost family and friends in this powerful earthquake and its aftershocks. The thoughts and prayers of all Canadians are with the many affected by this disaster and we wish a speedy recovery to all those injured.

“Our officials in the region are working with Nepalese and Indian authorities to ensure that any Canadians affected by the earthquake are safe and accounted for. In cooperation with international partners, they are also assessing the needs of the affected populations to determine how Canada may most effectively assist with the disaster if asked to help.

“We mourn with the people of Nepal and India in the aftermath of this terrible natural disaster and offer our help and our prayers.

“Canadian citizens in Nepal requiring emergency consular assistance should use the Registration of Canadians Abroad ( service, and contact the Consulate of Canada in Kathmandu, Nepal, by calling + 977 (1) 444-1976,  or Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre by calling +1 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted where available). An email can also be sent to

“Friends and relatives in Canada who are concerned about Canadian citizens known to be in the affected area should contact Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre by calling 1-800-387-3124(toll-free) or 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted) or sending an email to”


  1. Dear Sir/Madam,

    Being an expat Nepali, I am a Canadian citizen permanently living in Toronto. With a Physician background, currently I am working at the Rouge Valley Health System – Centenary Hospital, Scarborough as an Infection Control Practitioner.

    If required, on behalf of Canadian Government, I am ready to go to the earthquake effected zones in Nepal and provide infection control and other healthcare related services accordingly.

    Please contact me any time regarding to this matter.

    Thank you

    Binod Baral; MD, PhD, CIC, CMDRT (CSAO)
    Infection Control Practitioner
    Rouge Valley Health System | 2867 Ellesmere Road, 4th Floor
    Toronto, ON M1E 4B9 | Office: (416) 284-8131, ext. 4745
    Cell: (647) 768-7070 | Pager: (416) 793-7054 | Fax: (416) 284- 3123
    Home: (416) 467-7644

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