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Marleau Announces Additional Contribution of $200,000 in Humanitarian Assistance to Flood Victims in Central Europe

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(97-69) News Release

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Ottawa -- The Honourable Diane Marleau, Minister for International Cooperation and Minister
responsible for La Francophonie, today announced an additional contribution of $200,000 in
humanitarian assistance for flood victims in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

"Thousands of people have had to leave their homes, their personal belongings and even their
livelihoods behind because of the rising floodwaters," Madame Marleau said. "We are responding
quickly and in proportion to the needs of the people affected by the flooding, the worst in Central
Europe history."

This assistance is in addition to the $40,000 announced on July 17, shared between Poland and the
Czech Republic. The funding comes from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
and is being disbursed to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The
funding will be used to meet water, food and clothing needs.

The firm Geomatics International, from Burlington, Ontario, and its Czech counterpart, MGE Data,
will help the Czech government use data collected by the RADARSAT satellite to plan reconstruction
efforts in that country. The Canadian-Czech business partners are contributing $10,000 to this project,
to which CIDA is providing an additional $5,000. Meanwhile, the Manitoban ministry of natural
resources will send experts in remote sensing to help Czech ministry of environment officials, a
contribution valued at $5,000. CIDA has agreed to cover travelling costs related to this project.

Heavy rain for over two weeks in Central Europe has caused serious flooding in southwestern Poland,
the northeastern region of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and northern Hungary. On July 14, the
Department of Humanitarian Assistance of the United Nations and the International Federation of Red
Cross and Red Crescent Societies appealed for help to the international community to meet the most
urgent needs.

"Poland and the Czech Republic have been most severely affected, but we also know that there are
significant needs in Hungary and the Slovak Republic," Madame Marleau noted.

Funding for this humanitarian aid is built into the existing fiscal framework.

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