Number of Canadians missing in Philippines drops to 39: Foreign Affairs

OTTAWA – As Canadian troops fan out to offer help to people in the Philippines, Foreign Affairs is still making efforts to track down Canadians thought to be in areas hit by the typhoon.

As of this morning, the federal department had received inquiries about 213 Canadians and had located 174.

That leaves 39 cases still being pursued by officials at home and in the islands.

The department says it is working with local officials to track down the missing.

It says the job should get easier as communications are restored in areas hit by the storm.

Meanwhile, more military aid equipment — including helicopters and a water purification unit — is en route to the disaster area.

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