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Canada provides humanitarian relief to flood victims in South Asia

Ottawa - The Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister for International Cooperation, today announced that Canada will provide $ 700,000 to international efforts to help flood victims in South Asia. This contribution responds to the appeals issued this week by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) following severe flooding in Bangladesh, Nepal, and India.

"These are the worst floods in 15 years," Minister Carroll said. "These funds will help those in need and help prevent the spread of disease. We are confident that the expertise and experience of the IFRC will ensure that Canada's contribution helps meet the needs of the people in the region and assists them in their recovery."

Triggered by monsoon rains, the floods have affected and displaced millions across the region and the death toll is close to 1,200. Canada's contribution will help the IFRC to provide emergency services. These include mobile health teams and relief supplies such as shelter materials, water purification tablets, oral rehydration solution, and clothing.

Funding for this initiative was provided for in the March 2004 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.

Information:

Andrew Graham
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister for International Cooperation
Telephone: (819) 953-6238

Media Relations Office
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Telephone: (819) 953-6534
E-mail: info@acdi-cida.gc.ca