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Canada Responds to Pakistan Flood Appeals

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October 23, 2011

Ottawa, Ontario―Today, the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, announced $11 million for eight new projects in support for those affected by recent monsoon rains and ongoing flooding in southern Pakistan.

"Canada is greatly concerned for the people of Pakistan affected by recent severe flooding," said Minister Oda. "We are responding to emergency appeals by humanitarian organizations and will continue to monitor this evolving situation to ensure Canada is supporting those who need it the most."

Heavy monsoon rains that began in mid-August have led to extensive flooding in Pakistan, primarily in Sindh and Balochistan provinces. The United Nations reports that approximately 5.8 million people have been affected by the rains and ongoing flooding, with close to 1.8 million displaced and living in extremely difficult conditions.

"Pakistan is still rebuilding from the 2010 flooding," Minister Oda said. "Canada responded with humanitarian assistance and early recovery support then, and Canada will continue to stand by the people of Pakistan."

Canada, through the Candian International Development Agency (CIDA), is funding eight new projects, which will be managed by United Nations (UN) organizations, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Canadian non-governmental organizations.

CIDA's support will help the UN World Food Programme, the UN World Health Organization, the International Organization for Migration and UNICEF provide emergency food assistance to up to 2.55 million individuals and emergency shelters and essential non-food relief items to 80,000 households. In addition, the UN organizations will provide access to emergency health care in flood-affected communities and targeted nutritional support to prevent and treat cases of moderate and severe malnutrition among children under the age of five as well as pregnant and lactating women.

Funding to the IFRC will help meet the immediate needs of 105,000 people by helping to provide food, safe drinking water, emergency shelters, and basic health care to vulnerable, flood-affected households through the distribution of 15,000 emergency shelters and 15,000 emergency food baskets and the deployment of mobile medical health teams.

With CIDA funding, Save the Children Canada, Oxfam Canada and World Vision Canada will provide flood-affected people in Sindh province with increased access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities, as well as emergency shelter and essential household goods.

Today's Government of Canada announcement of $11 million for those eight new projects will help to provide urgent life-saving assistance to people affected by the flooding in Pakistan.

For more information, please refer to the Response to Floods in Pakistan page.

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For more information:
Justin Broekema
Press Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation
Tel. 819-953-6238
Email: justin.broekema@acdi-cida.gc.ca

Media Relations Office
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
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Backgrounder

Canada responds to Pakistan flood appeals

Canada is supporting vulnerable people severely affected by recent flooding in Pakistan. The United Nations reports that approximately 5.8 million people are affected by the recent monsoon rains and ongoing flooding in southern Pakistan, leaving close to 1.8 million displaced and living in extremely difficult conditions.

The Minister of International Cooperation announced $11 million in support for people affected by the flooding in Sindh and Balochistan provinces, Pakistan. This funding, through CIDA, will be provided for the following eight new projects:

  • The United Nations World Food Programme will provide life-saving food assistance to 2.55 million vulnerable flood-affected people, including 1.4 million children and 576,000 women, in Sindh and Balochistan provinces. ($4.5 million)
  • The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) will restore access to emergency health care for communities in flood-affected areas of Sindh and Balochistan provinces through the direct provision of emergency health care and the strengthening or maintaining of essential emergency health interventions. Specifically, WHO will support emergency mass vaccination and immunization campaigns for children aged 6 to 24 months, as well as for pregnant and breastfeeding women; distribute hygiene kits to women and girls; and support integrated services for survivors of violence against women among the flood-affected population. ($1 million)
  • Funding for UNICEF will help the organization to conduct nutrition screening of over 900,000 children and 500,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women. UNICEF will identify and treat cases of severe acute malnutrition among young children and pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as provide micronutrient supplementation to approximately 350,000 children (girls and boys) and 570,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women in the affected areas. ($1 million)
  • The International Organization for Migration will provide emergency shelter and essential non-food relief items to close to 80,000 households (558,383 individuals) where homes have been damaged or destroyed by the ongoing rains and flooding. ($750,000)
  • The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) will work to provide food assistance, essential non-food relief items, emergency shelters, basic health care, safe drinking water and sanitation facilities to meet the urgent needs of approximately 105,000 vulnerable flood-affected people. ($500,000)
  • Funding for Oxfam Canada will help provide improved access to safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, hygiene supplies and hygiene education to approximately 70,000 flood-affected people in four districts in Sindh province. ($1.75 million)
  • Save the Children Canada will help meet the emergency shelter and physical security needs of approximately 3,000 flood-affected households in the districts of Badin and Mirpur Khas in Sindh province. ($800,000)
  • World Vision Canada will help provide emergency shelter and essential non-food items, including tents, plastic mats, kitchen items, hygiene kits and water purification tablets, to 1,800 flood-affected families (approximately 12,600 individuals). ($700,000)

For more information, please refer to the Response to Floods in Pakistan page.

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