The Canadian International Development Agency has donated $63,610 to help people who had to abandon their homes due to floods this rainy season, according to a release from the Canadian agency. The contribution went to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
As of Sept 26, the National Committee for National Disaster Management had reported that nearly 1.7 million Cambodians had been affected by the floods, said Valerie Dourdin, disaster preparedness delegate at the federation. Nearly 510,000 people had to be evacuated, she said.
The Canadian grant will go towards supplying household items and tarps, and to build water and sanitary facilities for their use.
“There is a tradition in Canada of humanitarian assistance in instances of natural disasters,” Canadian ambassador Normand Mailhot said. “This is especially the case when a poor country is affected and we can make a difference by acting in concert with international humanitarian institutions.”