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Canada examining options to support flood-hit Pakistan

08-02-2010 16:29 BJT

OTTAWA, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said Sunday that Canada is monitoring the flooding in Pakistan very closely and examining options available to support the affected population over the next few days.

Cannon said in a statement that Canada is working with local authorities and international agencies which are identifying specific needs.

"On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I wish to express my heartfelt sympathy to those who have been affected by this terrible disaster," he said. "We send our condolences to the grieving families - our thoughts are with you."

The number of people killed in flooding in northwest Pakistan has risen to more than 1,100, local officials said Sunday.

Monsoon rains caused the worst floods on record in Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa province in the past week, washing away villages, roads and bridges.

The United Nations estimates about one million people are affected by the flooding, while 27,000 remain trapped by the water.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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