Canada to provide humanitarian aid to Sri Lanka

February 6th, 2009 - 12:29 am ICT by IANS  

Ottawa, Feb 5 (Xinhua) Canada will provide humanitarian aid worth three million Canadian dollars ($2.4 million) for Sri Lankan civilians affected by the escalated conflicts.International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda announced the funding late Wednesday.

The aid consists of a one-million-Canadian-dollar grant to the International Committee of the Red Cross, and four grants of 500,000 Canadian dollars each to Oxfam Canada, Medecins Sans Frontieres, World Vision and CARE Canada, respectively.

The funding is expected to help improve access to temporary shelter, water and sanitation or health-care services for at least 160,000 people.

Earlier on Wednesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon called on the Sri Lankan government and the rebel group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), to put an end to the fighting.

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