Maria Minna Announces $150,000 CIDA Contribution to Help Victims of Cyclone in India

Report
from Canadian International Development Agency
Published on 02 Nov 1999
(99-57) News Release

Ottawa -- Maria Minna, Minister for International Cooperation, today announced a $150,000 contribution to the International Federation of the Red Cross to help the victims of a violent cyclone that hit India's eastern coast last week.

"This cyclone has devastated many parts of the coast, leaving nearly one million people homeless, and without basic necessities," said Minister Minna. "We must respond quickly to the victims' emergency needs by providing shelter, medicine, and clean water to those most in need. At the same time, we are reviewing information from international agencies as it comes in and may provide additional aid as further needs are identified."

This contribution by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will help provide much-needed supplies including shelter materials, medicines, and domestic items such as, water containers, lamps, blankets, and cooking utensils.

The cyclone brought winds of up to 260 kph and 20 foot tidal waves that flattened homes, trees and utility poles, causing massive destruction and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of families. It is estimated that the number of people killed by the storm could be as high as 4,000. Meteorologists classified the storm as a supercyclone.

Funding for the initiative announced today was provided for in the February 1999 budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.

Information:

Robin Walsh
Office of the Minister for International Cooperation
Telephone: 819 953-3160

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

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