August 08, 2008 07:00 ET

Canada to Assist Flood Victims in Ukraine and Moldova

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 8, 2008) - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, announced today that Canada is providing a total of $100,000 to assist people affected by recent flooding in Ukraine and Moldova. This assistance includes $75,000 in response to an Emergency Appeal launched by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and $25,000 through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) to support the relief efforts of local non-governmental organizations.

"On behalf of all Canadians, I'd like to extend my deepest sympathies to the victims and their families," said Minister Oda. "In response to an emergency appeal from the International Federation of the Red Cross, the Government of Canada will contribute to international relief efforts to meet the basic needs of flood-affected households by providing food and clean water, in addition to supporting the efforts of local NGOs on the ground"

The worst storms in over two centuries have led to devastating flooding in some of the most impoverished parts of Ukraine and Moldova. The floods have resulted in at least 30 deaths and dozens of missing persons. Six regions with some 655 settlements and around 40,000 houses were affected in western Ukraine. Additionally, more than 30,000 hectares of arable land and 680 kilometers of roads have been damaged.

CIDA's contribution will help support the Red Cross in assisting 60,000 people in Ukraine and Moldova over the next eight months by providing water, emergency food aid, hygiene supplies, household kits, bedding, repairs to damaged buildings and psychological support.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Joanna Bailey
    Press Secretary
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office