Canada announces aid to flood-hit Pakistan

19:48, August 04, 2010      

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Minister of International Cooperation Beverley J. Oda announced Tuesday Canada would provide 2 million Canadian dollars (1.95 million U.S. dollars) in humanitarian assistance to flood-hit Pakistan.

She said Canada's contribution, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), will help meet the immediate humanitarian needs of more than 150,000 families who have been severely affected by the monsoon floods.

"Canada is gravely concerned for the people in northwest Pakistan who are facing this crisis," Oda said in a statement.

CIDA's contribution includes 750,000 Canadian dollars (730,000 dollars) to support the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to deliver immediate relief to the affected areas.

It also includes 1.25 million Canadian dollars (1.22 million dollars) for the World Food Program (WFP) to provide much-needed emergency food assistance to flood-affected populations in Pakistan.

"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," Oda said.

Pakistan has been hit over the past few days by the worst floods since 1929, leaving more than 1 million people in need of emergency assistance.

Source: Xinhua


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