Three days after the first provisional appeals for assistance from the Government of Mozambique and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) provided $150,000 to the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, managed by the Canadian High Commission in Maputo, Mozambique for immediate assistance to the flood victims.
In response to a new appeal from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCMA), CIDA increased its contribution to $1 million (the $150,000 is included in this amount). Funding was channelled through UNICEF, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Oxfam Canada, the World Food Programme, Canadian Lutheran World Relief, and the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives managed by the Canadian High Commission in Mozambique. Canada's assistance provided food, blankets, medicine, shelter, clean water, and transportation for the victims.
CIDA provided a further contribution of $625,000 to fund 200 hours of emergency air transport for flood victims. The funding was channelled through the World Food Programme.
In collaboration with Radarsat and the Department of National Defence, CIDA agrees to fund up to $40,000 to procure satellite images of the flooded areas. The images will help local and international rescue organizations.
CIDA announced $10 million in additional assistance. Part of this money is funding two Canadian Forces relief flights transporting supplies to Mozambique. The remaining money will be used on the ground in Mozambique and other affected countries in southern Africa.
Maria Minna, Canada's Minister for International Cooperation, observes the final loading of two Canadian Forces humanitarian flights leaving for Mozambique. The flights will transport 35 tonnes of relief and reconstruction supplies from CIDA and the Canadian Red Cross. The supplies include water pumps and bladders, jerry cans, chlorine, soap, shovels and picks. A representative from CIDA as well as aid workers from the Canadian Red Cross will be on board the planes. The CIDA representative will report on the situation in Mozambique and will oversee the distribution of CIDA supplies.
CIDA's total contribution to the disaster is $11.7 million.