Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010
A Government of Canada relief flight carrying emergency relief supplies arrived this evening at Islamabad International airport. The flight brought 1000 all-weather tents, 7060 jerry cans, 1000 tarps and 3840 mosquito nets in support of ongoing emergency relief operations on the ground by the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS).
The relief supplies are part of $33 million in assistance provided by the Government of Canada in response to the most urgent needs of flood-affected populations in Pakistan. Up to $ 25 million is being provided to humanitarian assistance agencies to help meet priority needs such as food, water and sanitation, emergency medical care and shelter, essential household goods, logistics and coordination efforts and the deployment of our relief supplies.
In addition, Canada is providing up to $ 8 million in urgently needed equipment to restore linkages to communities cut off by the flooding and enable local authorities to provide security to those affected by this disaster. Bridging equipment will be provided shortly, while other operational support, which could include tents and equipment for life-support, water purification and communications to address security needs, will follow pending a rapid needs assessment. The Government of Canada is actively exploring further response options to help meet rapidly evolving humanitarian and early recovery needs in Pakistan.
Canada continues to assist Pakistan in its time of need. Since 2009 Canada has provided $68 million in assistance to Pakistan, including $37 million in humanitarian assistance for conflict-affected populations.