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October 06, 2009 17:11 ET

Government of Canada Helps Samoans and Indonesians Affected by Earthquakes and Tsunami

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire – Oct. 6, 2009) - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, announced today that Canada will contribute $500,000 in humanitarian assistance to respond to the needs of the population of Indonesia affected by the Sumatra Island earthquakes. In addition, Canada is providing close to $300,000 in humanitarian assistance to respond to the needs of the population affected by the recent earthquakes and tsunami that hit Samoa.

"Today's contributions will provide those in need with emergency relief and basic relief supplies," said Minister Oda. "We will continue to monitor the situations closely and work with our humanitarian partners to ensure that Canadian assistance is making a difference in the lives of those affected by these natural disasters."

In Indonesia, Canada's $500,000 contribution will enable the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, in partnership with the Indonesian Red Cross Society, to assist up to 25,000 people in disaster-affected areas. It will provide non-food relief items, temporary emergency shelter, emergency water supply and sanitation services, as well as health and medical provisions and services.

In Samoa, Canada's $250,000 contribution will enable the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, in partnership with the Samoan Red Cross Society, to assist up to 15,000 people in disaster-affected areas. It will provide non-food relief items, emergency health kits, water and sanitation support, as well as shelter materials, tools, and technical guidance. Canada is also providing $43,500 to Oxfam to support its emergency water and sanitation services.

Two earthquakes struck Indonesia's Sumatra Island on September 30 and October 1. More than 400 people are still reported missing, over 600 are reported dead, and approximately179,000 houses have been damaged. An earthquake struck between Samoa and American Samoa in the Pacific on September 29 and was followed by a second earthquake between Samoa and Tonga on October 2. A tsunami, caused by the first earthquake, subsequently hit the south-eastern coastline of Samoa, impacting 32,000 people, killing at least 135, and completely destroying 20 villages.

This new funding for humanitarian assistance to Samoa and Indonesia comes in addition to the $5 million announced last week by Minister Oda in the wake of Typhoon Ketsana.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Jessica Fletcher
    Press Secretary
    819-953-6238
    or
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    819-953-6534
    media@acdi-cida.gc.ca