Maria Minna announces $1 Million in assistance to flood victims in Mozambique and neighbouring countries

(2000-08) News Release

Ottawa -- Maria Minna, Canada's Minister for International Cooperation, today announced a $1 million contribution to help victims of the floods in Mozambique and surrounding countries in southern Africa.

"Almost 300,000 people are now homeless and about a million others have been affected by the worst flooding to hit Mozambique in half a century," said Minister Minna. "We must provide immediate assistance to the victims to ensure that they have the food and shelter they need to cope with the floods."

Today's humanitarian assistance of $1 million from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will be channelled through UNICEF, the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives at the Canadian High Commission in Mozambique, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Oxfam Canada, the World Food Programme, and Canadian Lutheran World Relief. Canada's assistance will provide food, blankets, medicine, shelter, clean water, and transportation for the victims.

Torrential rains began falling in Mozambique during the first week of February. Before the country had time to recover, it was hit last week by Cyclone Eline, isolating thousands of people with few helicopters available in the country for rescue efforts. Neighbouring countries that were also hit hard by the floods and the cyclone include Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Swaziland.