China: Floods - May 1997
BEIJING --- Canada is providing
humanitarian relief aid to victims of recent floods in Southern China,
Pettigrew, Minister for International Cooperation and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, announced
today. Mr. Pettigrew made the announcement in consultation with Raymond Chan, Secretary of State
(Asia-Pacific). "Canada wants to assist those most severely affected by the flooding," Mr. Pettigrew said. "Our contribution will help pay for emergency food, drinking water and medical supplies."
Ref: DHAGVA - 97/0460
The floodwaters that plague China every year have begun to spread across its southern and eastern regions as the monsoon made its dramatic seasonal debut in Hong Kong on 1 July. At least 12 provinces are now experiencing flooding although waters have not reached disaster proportions in all as of yet. Most severely affected are those in the Pearl River catchment area, including its tributaries the Xijiang and Beijiang Rivers. The affected provinces include Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sichuan, Hubei, Hunan, Zhejing, Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian, and Jiangxi.