November 30, 2010
—The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced Canada's humanitarian support to help the Burmese people affected by Cyclone Giri.
"The Government of Canada is responding to humanitarian emergencies caused by Cyclone Giri in Burma. Many families are now vulnerable and without access to essential services," said Minister Oda. "Canada's assistance will provide emergency shelter and health services, as well as access to drinkable water."
On October 22, this cyclone destroyed tens of thousands of homes, including roads and bridges, leaving 100,000 people homeless and at least 260,000 people in need of humanitarian assistance.
Canada is responding with $500,000 in humanitarian aid, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Save the Children Canada and Médecins Sans Frontières Canada (MSF) will administer this aid. MSF will receive $250,000 to provide basic health care services to the disaster-affected population in the two hardest hit areas, Minbya and Myebon, while Save the Children Canada will receive $250,000 to distribute emergency shelter material and essential non-food items to families who have lost their homes in the cyclone, including essential supplies to prevent malaria and water-borne illnesses.
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