Statement by Minister Paradis on Canadians’ donations of more than $85 million to Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts
The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Cooperation and La Francophonie, recently issued the following statement:
“Last November, Typhoon Haiyan—locally known as Yolanda—tore through the Philippines, setting off landslides, knocking out power in several provinces, and cutting off communications in the country’s central region. More than 6,000 people were killed and 16 million were affected. It was a tragedy of unimaginable proportions, even for a country accustomed to dealing with tropical storms.
“From the onset, Canada played a leading role in international relief efforts. The day the typhoon struck, our Government provided funding to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to help launch relief operations. Within 24 hours, we had committed additional funding to humanitarian partners on the ground, so they could quickly distribute food, water, medicine, shelter, hygiene…
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