December 11, 2006 17:01 ET

Canada Supports Flood-Affected People in the Horn of Africa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 11, 2006) - The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for La Francophonie and Official Languages, today announced that Canada is allocating $2.67 million to assist flood-affected people in the Horn of Africa.

"This support will help victims of the flooding by providing trusted humanitarian aid partners with the resources they need to respond quickly and effectively," said Minister Verner. "Hundreds of thousands of children and adults will be receiving food, safe drinking water and other provisions such as shelter kits and mosquito bednets as a result of Canada's contribution."

Heavy rains in recent months have turned large areas of Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia into flood disaster zones, resulting in the loss of life, and massive displacement of people who have lost their homes, livelihoods and possessions. More than 1.6 million people have been affected, and outbreaks of cholera have been detected, and relief agencies expect an increase in the incidence of malaria.

Today's contribution will be allocated as follows:

Kenya: $720,000
- $400,000 to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red
Crescent Societies (IFRC) for the provision of seeds and farm
implements, access to clean water and sanitation, and to monitor
and evaluate the state of the flooding;
- $120,000 to World Vision Canada to reduce the likelihood of
epidemic outbreaks like malaria and cholera through the
distribution of drug treatment kits;
- $200,000 to Save the Children Canada to provide about 64,000
children with non-food items such as hygiene kits and clothing.

Somalia: $1.35 million
- $400,000 to CARE Canada to assist about 50,000 flood-affected
people in Southern Somalia with emergency aid in the coming six
- $300,000 to World Food Programme to provide logistical air
support to UN and non-governmental agencies to facilitate relief
- $250,000 to the World Health Organization for its work in
assessing health infrastructures as well to support health
clinics which distribute drugs and medical supplies;
- $400,000 to UNICEF to supply safe drinking water as well as
hygiene and sanitation services to the affected population.

Ethiopia: $598,800
- $290,000 to the IFRC to provide non-food items, rehabilitate the
water supply systems and increase awareness of hygiene related
issues among the displaced people;
- $200,000 to Oxfam Canada to provide household items and improve
access to safe drinking water to about 1,370 households;
- $108,800 to Save the Children Canada for the provision of items
such as shelter materials, cooking utensils, blankets and seeds
to over 1,000 households.

In addition, CIDA is pleased to note that the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), has allocated US$11.8 million in emergency funding for flood response activities in Kenya and US$10.4 million in response to the flooding in Somalia. Canada contributed $24 million to the CERF for its 2006 operations.

For more detailed information, please visit CIDA's website.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Nicole Lascelle
    Director of Communications
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    819-953-6534 (electronic version of document)