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Canada's response to the floods in Pakistan


Canada's response to the flooding in Pakistan

  • On August 22, 2010, the Government of Canada announced Matching Fund for Pakistan Flood Relief. Canada will contribute an equivalent amount to the Pakistan Floods Relief Fund for every eligible donation by individual Canadians to Canadian registered charities between August 2 and September 12.
  • On August 3, 2010, the Government of Canada announced through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) that it will provide $2 million in humanitarian assistance for the people suffering as a result of the floods in Pakistan.
  • On August 1, 2010, the United Nations authorized the disbursement of up to $10,000,000 from its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). Canada contributes annually to the CERF; this year alone our contribution has totalled some $39,400,000.
  • On August 1, 2010, Canada, through Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, offered condolences to those who have been affected by flooding in Pakistan.

Canada is monitoring the situation very closely and working with local authorities.

Background

Heavy monsoon rains, which began on July 21, 2010, continue to affect many regions of Pakistan causing significant flooding and landslides. More than 1,700 people have lost their lives, 4 million are homeless and more than 20 million people have been affected by the floods.

Punjab, Pakistan - Photo of extensive damage to key infrastructure
A bridge damaged by floods in Punjab, Pakistan

Extensive damage to infrastructure and transportation routes has been reported and may hamper the provision of essential services. The Grand Trunk Road, Karakoram Highway and other major arteries are effectively closed.

Canadians are advised to monitor regional weather forecasts, avoid disaster areas and follow the advice of local authorities.

 

Travel Report and Warnings

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada advises against all travel to Pakistan, except for Islamabad and northern Punjab province, due to the flooding.

Please consult our Pakistan Travel Report.

Assistance for Canadians in Pakistan

Canadian citizens in Pakistan requiring emergency consular assistance should call Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Emergency Operations Centre collect at 613-996-8885 or send an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

Friends and relatives in Canada seeking information on Canadian citizens believed to be in Pakistan should contact the Emergency Operations Centre by calling 1-800-387-3124 (Canada and the United States toll-free) or 613-943-1055 (local). They may also email sos@international.gc.ca.

How Canadians can help

More information for those who would like to help:

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Information on the region

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