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Minister Oda Announces Additional Assistance to Flood Victims During Visit to Pakistan

September 14, 2010

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced $7.5 million in additional support for flood relief efforts in Pakistan. This will bring Canada's contribution to the international effort to help flood victims to $40.5 million, making Canada the fourth largest donor in response to the flood in Pakistan.

On Sunday, September 12, the Government of Canada announced the extension of the deadline for its matching funds program, the Pakistan Flood Relief Fund. Our government will match dollar for dollar the donations of individual Canadians to eligible registered charities, contributing an equivalent amount to the Fund.

"The need for immediate and ongoing humanitarian aid is still very great and organizations on the ground are working tirelessly to provide the essentials to save lives and prevent disease," said Minister Oda. "The Canadian government continues to support their humanitarian efforts and help those trying to rebuild their homes and livelihoods. This effort over the short and longer term will require the support of all Canadians."

The additional funds announced today will be provided through the Pakistan Flood Relief Fund. They will be used to support logistics and air transport capacity for the overall humanitarian response via the UN World Food Programme, and to deploy a further 5,000 shelter kits, 3,600 cooksets, 2,128 hygiene kits, and 14,000 tarpaulins from CIDA's stockpile of emergency relief supplies. The funding will benefit up to 7,000 families, and will be managed by the Canadian Red Cross. In addition, the funding will enable CANADEM, a Canadian non-profit agency dedicated to advancing international peace and security, to deploy Canadian humanitarian experts to the affected zones to bolster the capacity of UN agencies active on the ground.

"Once again, Canada has shown its unwavering support in the fight against hunger, " said Josette Sheeran, Executive Director, World Food Programme. "With this donation, WFP will be able to continue its life-saving work in Pakistan, bringing food and other vital supplies to hundreds of thousands of flood victims as swiftly as possible, while laying the groundwork for the long road to recovery once the floodwaters have subsided."

On August 3, Canada made an initial contribution, through CIDA, of $2 million for the provision of emergency food, water, sanitation, shelter, non-food items, and health services for Pakistan. On August 14, Canada increased its contribution to $33 million. CIDA increased its initial $2 million contribution to $25 million in support of international humanitarian partners and Canadian non-governmental organizations, such as Save the Children, CARE, OXFAM and the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade is providing $8 million for equipment to restore links to communities cut off by the flooding.
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