CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

September 21, 2007 19:23 ET

CIDA: Canada Provides Support for Flood-Affected Populations in Africa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2007) - The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, expressed concern today for populations currently affected by flooding in East and West Africa, and announced that the Government of Canada is allocating $3 million to assist these communities.

"On behalf of all Canadians, I wish to extend my sympathies to those whose lives have been affected by the flooding," said Minister Bernier. "I commend the efforts of local authorities, aid organizations and individuals who are working to bring relief to those in need."

"The Canadian response to the floods will help provide crucial food aid and other emergency assistance," said Minister Oda. "We are continuing to monitor the impact of the flooding to determine how Canada may be best placed to assist."

Heavy rains in recent months have turned large areas of Uganda, Ghana and Togo into flood disaster zones, resulting in loss of life and the significant displacement of people, many of whom have lost their homes and livelihoods. Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by the flooding and require emergency assistance.

Canadian officials are in close contact with affected governments in the region and international relief agencies who are assessing humanitarian needs and clarifying how the international community can best respond. Canada provides core funding to international humanitarian agencies to enable them to assess humanitarian needs and respond rapidly to such disasters.

There are no reports of Canadians killed or injured by the floods.

For information on how Canadians can help disaster-affected populations, please visit

http://geo.international.gc.ca/cip-pic/library/howcanadians-en.aspx

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Veronique Bruneau
    Press Secretary
    819-953-6238
    or
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    819-953-6534
    info@acdi-cida.gc.ca
    www.cida.gc.ca
    or
    Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
    Isabelle Fontaine
    Director of Communications
    613-995-1851
    or
    Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
    Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
    613-995-1874
    www.international.gc.ca