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Government of Canada Announces Assistance in Response to Floods in Pakistan

2010-08-03

OTTAWA, Ontario—The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, announced today that the Government of Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), will provide $2,000,000 in humanitarian assistance for the people suffering as a result of the floods in Pakistan.

"Canada's contribution will help meet the immediate humanitarian needs of over 150,000 families who have been severely affected by the monsoon floods," said Minister Oda. "Canada is gravely concerned for the people in northwest Pakistan who are facing this crisis."

CIDA's contribution includes $750,000 to support the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to deliver immediate relief assistance in the affected areas. Working closely with the Pakistan Red Crescent Society and the International Committee of the Red Cross, the IFRC will assist 25,000 families through the distribution of non-food items and emergency shelter materials, as well as the provision of emergency water and sanitation and health services.

CIDA's contribution also includes $1,250,000 for the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide much-needed emergency food assistance to flood-affected populations in Pakistan. Canada's funding will support a WFP emergency food assistance operation that will reach 150,000 families.

"We will continue to monitor the situation closely and work with our humanitarian partners to ensure that Canadian assistance is making a difference in the lives of affected populations," Minister Oda added.

Canada's contributions respond to an emergency appeal launched by the IFRC and an emergency operation launched by the WFP. Pakistan has been hit with the worst floods since 1929. The floods have left more than 1 million people in need of emergency assistance.
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Information :

Isabelle Bouchard
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
Telephone: 819-953-6238

Media Relations Office
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
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