Canada responds to flooding in Namibia

April 5, 2013

Immediate, life-saving assistance will reach approximately 11,000 people affected by flooding in the Caprivi region of Namibia because Canada is a caring neighbour, announced the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation. Canada is providing support for water and sanitation, as well as shelter and basic household items for displaced populations.

"Canada's humanitarian support is a tangible expression of the best of Canadian values," said Minister Fantino. "We are ensuring that families affected by this crisis are receiving the immediate emergency support they need."

Economic Action Plan 2013 (EAP2013) reaffirms Canada's commitment to humanitarian work such as this support for the people of Namibia. As announced in EAP2013, the new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development will maintain the mandate of poverty alleviation and humanitarian assistance.

"Canada's humanitarian assistance plays a vital role in improving the lives of those most in need around the world," Minister Fantino said. "Canada leaves no one behind and will continue to monitor the situation to ensure humanitarian needs in Namibia are met."

Heavy rains have led to record-high water levels in the Zambezi River, causing flooding and, to date, forcing approximately 2,500 families from their homes. This number is expected to grow as the rains continue. The flooding has destroyed homes, local infrastructure, including health clinics, and crops.

Canada is providing support to approximately 11,000 flood-affected people over the next four months by ensuring their emergency needs are being met, including access to water and sanitation, shelter materials, and non-food items (such as jerry cans and kitchen kits), through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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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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Backgrounder

Heavy rains and record-high water levels in the Zambezi River catchment have caused flooding in the Caprivi region of Namibia, inundating homes, local infrastructure, including health clinics, and crops. On March 16, 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund appeal to support the Namibian Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 11,000 people (2,500 flood-affected families) for four months.

Today's announcement of $30,000 will contribute to the relief operations by ensuring flood-affected people have access to water and sanitation, hygiene promotion, disease surveillance, emergency shelter materials, and non-food items (such as jerry cans and kitchen kits).

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.