Canada Pledges Support in Response to Tropical Storms in South East Asia

September 29, 2009

OTTAWA—The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, announced today that the Government of Canada will make up to $5 million available for humanitarian assistance and early recovery to respond to the needs of the populations affected by Typhoon Ketsana.

"Canadians across the country are deeply concerned for the people of the Philippines who are suffering the effects of Typhoon Ketsana," said Minister Oda. "We are working closely with our partners in the region to determine how best we can help the affected populations."

Tropical Storm Ketsana, which hit the Philippines on September 26, 2009, has resulted in the country's worst flooding in more than 40 years, causing over 240 deaths, and affecting the lives of nearly 2 million people in Manila and other areas of the northern Philippines. An initial contribution of $50,000 was made earlier this week to the Philippine National Red Cross for the purchase of basic food and essential non-food items necessary for the survival of 3,500 families.

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Information:

Jessica Fletcher
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
Telephone: 819-953-6238

Media Relations Office
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Telephone: 819-953-6534
E-mail: media@acdi-cida.gc.ca