Harper Government provides emergency assistance to those affected by flooding in Malawi

February 20, 2013 - Canada is responding with immediate lifesaving assistance, including temporary shelter, medical support, and the distribution of non-food items, for approximately 16,000 people affected by flooding in Malawi, the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, announced today.

"Our Governement is providing immediate lifesaving assistance to the thousands affected by severe flooding," said Minister Fantino. "Through Canada's response, we are meeting the needs of the most vulnerable."

Flash floods due to heavy rains and storms in many parts of Malawi have caused deaths, injuries, and the destruction of infrastructure, including roads and schools. Many houses have been damaged or destroyed, along with crops and livestock. Displaced families are staying in makeshift camps. Canada, through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, will help the Malawi Red Cross Society deliver immediate assistance over the next three months.

The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Malawi to ensurehumanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

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For more information, media should contact:

Daniel Bezalel Richardsen
Press Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation
Telephone: 819-953-6238
Email: danielbezalel.richardsen@acdi-cida.gc.ca

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Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
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Backgrounder

On February 7 the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund operation to support the Malawi Red Cross Society in the delivery of immediate assistance to approximately 16,000 people over a period of three months. Through the Emergency Disaster Assistance Fund, an ongoing CIDA-funded project with the Canadian Red Cross Society, the Canadian Red Cross Society has allocated a $30,000 contribution to the relief operations.

International Humanitarian Assistance Program

CIDA, through its International Humanitarian Assistance program, aims to save lives, alleviate suffering, and maintain the dignity of those affected by conflicts and natural disasters by providing appropriate, timely, and effective responses.