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Canadian among those killed in Italy earthquake

Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press | posted Friday, Aug 26th, 2016

At least one Canadian is confirmed to have died and another was injured during this week’s devastating earthquake in central Italy.

Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion revealed the news in a statement, though Global Affairs Canada did not identify either of the Canadians, citing privacy concerns.

“I was extremely saddened to see the tragic loss of life following the devastating earthquake in central Italy, which now includes the death of a Canadian citizen,” Dion said. “We share in the grief of the lives cut short by this terrible event.”

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I also extend my condolences now to the family and friends of the Canadian life lost in the quake.”

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At least 250 people were killed and countless more injured when a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy on Tuesday night.

Dozens of people are believed to be still trapped beneath the rubble in the affected area, where rescuers are frantically working to save them.

Officials say there were 3,876 Canadians registered with Global Affairs Canada as being in Italy, with 72 in the areas affected by the earthquake. The numbers; however, are likely low as many Canadians never register with the department while travelling abroad.

Dion said he had spoken with his Italian counterpart to express Canada’s condolences and support, and officials said the government is waiting for any request for assistance.

“Canada continues to stand behind the people of Italy during this difficult period,” Dion said.

Tuesday’s earthquake was the deadliest to strike Italy since 2009, when another temblor killed more than 300 people.


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