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Maria Minna anounces an additionnal $625,000 to rescue flood victims in Mozambique and neighbouring countries

Ottawa -- Maria Minna, Canada's Minister for International Cooperation, today announced an additional $625,000 contribution to help rescue victims of the floods in Mozambique and surrounding areas.

The money will be channelled through the World Food Program (WFP) and other international organizations to provide emergency air transport, in addition to food and emergency supplies. This amount brings the Canadian International Development Agency's (CIDA) financial contribution to $1,625,000 for this emergency.

"Aircraft are needed to rescue the thousands of people stranded on rooftops and in trees," Minister Minna said. "This contribution will guarantee urgently needed air support helping save many lives."

Weeks of torrential rain and a recent cyclone have caused the worst flooding in Mozambique in 50 years, leaving 650,000 people homeless. Neighbouring countries that were also hit hard by the floods and the cyclone include Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland.

Funding for the initiatives announced today was provided for in the February 2000 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.