Situation in Japan: Durham Region perspective
On Friday, March 11, a powerful earthquake hit Japan, followed by a tsunami across the Pacific coastline. Thousands of people have been reported dead, and many more are injured or missing. The earthquake has caused fires and severe damage to buildings in the area, leaving millions of households without electricity.
Message from the Regional Chair and CEO
"On behalf of Durham Regional Council and all Durham residents, I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to the people of Japan, especially in the areas of recent devastation. To the families and friends of victims affected by this tragedy, I offer my deepest sympathies."
- Regional Chair and CEO Roger Anderson
How you can help
For information on how Canadians can help during major disasters and other emergencies abroad, including a list of experienced humanitarian organizations (such as the Canadian Red Cross) click here.
The unprecedented sequence of natural events in Japan has triggered an emergency at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Other nuclear generating stations in the area have been shut down. This situation may raise questions about the safety of nuclear power in Ontario. Follow this link to read information from Ontario Power Generation (OPG) about our local nuclear power stations.
Ministry of Health and Long Term Care fact sheet
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