16 Canadians dead in Haiti

Meanwhile, 1,765 survivors have been repatriated

Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon confirmed on Friday that 16 Canadians died as a result of the earthquake that struck Haiti earthquake last week. That number is up from Cannon’s original estimate of 13. At the same time, the number of missing Canadians has been lowered to 306. Cannon also confirmed that of the 1,892 Canadians who survived the quake, 1,765 have already been repatriated. Speaking in front of his causes on Friday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper referred to the 7.0 earthquake as “the greatest natural disaster in contemporary history in the Americas.” He also spoke of the work that must be done “in the months and years to follow… To rebuild Haiti [and] to transform its unimaginable grief into a sustained home for the future.”

Agence France Presse