May 28, 2013
Ottawa, Ontario — Canada is a compassionate neighbour and is helping to provide lifesaving assistance to 10,000 people affected by the earthquake that struck the Jammu and Kashmir regions of India, today announced the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation.
"After the devastating earthquake, Canada is helping to provide basic relief items to the most vulnerable people in India," said Minister Fantino. "Humanitarian assistance represents the compassion of Canadians and our government remains committed to helping our neighbours in their time of need."
On May 1, 2013, an earthquake with a 5.8 magnitude struck the Jammu and Kashmir regions in India, causing severe damage to thousands of residential houses and government buildings. As of May 5, preliminary government reports confirmed that almost 12,000 houses have been damaged and an equal number of families are in need of temporary shelter.
Canada's support, in response to a request by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, will help the Indian Red Cross Society to provide much-needed blankets and tents to people affected by the earthquake.
Economic Action Plan 2013 reaffirms Canada's commitment to humanitarian assistance. The new department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development will maintain the mandate of poverty alleviation and help achieve greater efficiency, accountability, and focus to continue to improve the lives of people in need around the world.
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For more information, media should contact:
Daniel Bezalel Richardsen
Press Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation