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Canada pledges $33 million in flood aid to Pakistan

Canada on Saturday announced it was providing up to $33 million in urgent aid for the flood victims.

“This contribution will help meet priority needs, which include food, water and sanitation, emergency medical care and shelter, essential household goods, logistics and coordination efforts, and the deployment of Canadian relief supplies,” House of Commons leader John Baird said in a statement. Up to $25 million in humanitarian aid will be provided through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), while another $8 million from the Global Peace and Security Fund will go towards “urgently needed equipment to help the government of Pakistan better protect its people,” Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said.

The $8 million would go towards bridging equipment, but operational support including tents, life support equipment, water purification, and communications to address security needs, will be considered after later assessments. Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani said 20 million people had been affected by the worst floods in the country’s history, which have killed at least 1,343 people.

Independence day celebrations were cancelled as floods continued to bring misery to millions and aid agencies warned of a “second wave” of deaths from disease. Aid agencies have called on donor nations to rush $460 million in aid. afp.

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