August 02, 2011 11:05 ET

One-year Anniversary of the Pakistan Floods

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 2, 2011) - One year ago, Pakistan experienced an extensive flood that moved across the country and impacted more than 20 million people. I personally witnessed the hardship experienced by the Pakistani people during my visit last year. The floods devastated agricultural communities, destroying vast areas of farmland and killing livestock.

Canada quickly provided help, along with the international community, to millions of Pakistanis who needed humanitarian assistance. With Canada's help, they received shelter, food, drinking water, sanitation, health care, and the restoration of livelihoods.

The support of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has helped humanitarian organizations deliver much-needed food assistance to 8.7 million people across 62 flood-affected districts, supply clean drinking water to 5.1 million individuals; provide more than 34 million medical consultations, and assist 900,000 Pakistani farm families resume crucial food production.

Despite considerable progress, many challenges remain. The 2010 monsoon floods worsened pre-existing health and nutrition concerns throughout Pakistan.

Canada will continue to work with the people of Pakistan so they can resume their lives and protect their health as the recovery continues. Pakistan's people have shown remarkable courage and strength.

The Government of Canada remains committed to global efforts to help them rebound from this natural disaster.

The Honourable Beverley J. Oda

Minister of International Cooperation

Contact Information

  • Justin Broekema
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of International Cooperation

    Media Relations Office
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)