Alberta’s government is joining efforts with the Canadian Red Cross to help the victims of devastating floods in Pakistan.

The government will match dollar for dollar every donation Albertans and Alberta organizations make to the Canadian Red Cross, up to a maximum $500,000.

The money will assist the Canadian Red Cross in helping millions of people in Pakistan who have been affected by floods, flash floods, and landslides that have killed more than 1,200 people, injured thousands, and rendered millions homeless.

“Albertans are stepping up to support millions of people in Pakistan going through this humanitarian crisis. We hope this grant will encourage Albertans to give what they can to help those impacted by this disaster. Alberta’s contribution will support the Red Cross’s efforts to provide essential relief items such as food, shelter, water and medicines,” stated Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.

The Canadian government promised $5 million in funding for aid to Pakistan on August 29. In addition, Canada received $3 million on August 19 from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund.

“Record-breaking monsoon rains are threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in Pakistan. Donations to the Canadian Red Cross Pakistan Floods Appeal from the people of Alberta, and matched by the Government of Alberta, will help support emergency relief and recovery efforts to assist people in Pakistan during this extremely difficult time. The Red Cross is grateful for the support,” stated Jenn McManus, Vice-President, Canadian Red Cross, Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent will be able to provide relief, recovery, and resiliency operations in Pakistan in response to the flooding tragedy thanks to money received for the Pakistan Floods Appeal.

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