Canada to deploy emergency stockpile in the Philippines

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CHRISTIAN Paradis, Minister of International Development, on Wednesday announced up to $5 million in additional support for the deployment of relief supplies from Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s (DFATD) emergency stockpile to meet the immediate needs of people most affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

“DFATD maintains stockpiles of emergency relief supplies to help meet the most critical humanitarian needs, including safe drinking water, emergency shelter, and hygiene and sanitation support,” said Paradis. “Canada has been in close contact with our humanitarian partners on the ground, and we are deploying these critical supplies now that they are able to receive and distribute them to those in need across the country.”

DFATD’s emergency stockpile is managed by the Canadian Red Cross Society, and will be deployed to meet the needs of affected people in the hardest-hit regions of the Philippines.

Canadian non-governmental organizations on the ground with the necessary capacity will ensure further distribution of tents, blankets, water purification tablets, shelter kits, and other essential items for as many as 5,000 families, or 25,000 people. Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors without Borders (MSF), CARE Canada, and Save the Children Canada are working in close coordination with the wider humanitarian community, including the Government of Philippines and the United Nations, and will distribute the relief supplies where they are most needed.

Currently, an estimated 13 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan in nine regions across the Philippines, and more than 4 million people are known to be displaced. The number of casualties continues to increase. Many cities have experienced widespread destruction, with more than one million houses damaged. Electricity and water supplies are not functioning in many affected areas.

Canada will be sending up to 3,000 tents, 16,000 blankets, nearly 1.3 million water purification tablets, 5,000 shelter kits, 19,996 jerry cans, 19,750 tarps, and 4,400 buckets to meet the basic needs of a minimum of 5,000 families, or 25,000 people, for three months.

The Government of Canada has outlined the details of $20 million in support of humanitarian organizations striving to meet the needs of the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.