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Canada provides aid to China's flood victims

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BEIJING --- Canada is providing humanitarian relief aid to victims of recent floods in Southern China, Pierre S.
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."

The humanitarian aid consists of two grants of $75,000 each by the Canadian International Development
Agency (CIDA) to Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies (IFRCS).

The MSF grant will help provide medical care over the next month to flood victims in Guizhou, Anhui and Zhejian
provinces, and enable the organization to assess continuing emergency needs. The grant to IFRCS will help
provide safe drinking water, medical care, food, clothing and quilts to those most in need in Guizhou, Anhui,
Zhejian, Hubei, Hunan and Jiangxi provinces, over the next three months. Relief efforts will support those of the
Chinese Red Cross (RCSC) already underway.

For further information contact:
Public Inquiries
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Tel.: 819 997-5006
E-mail: info@acdi-cida.gc.ca

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