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Canada allots $54M for Haiti disaster relief, long-term aid

A girl lugs buckets of drinking water after the passing of Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Canada has earmarked $54 million over five years for Haiti, to help with immediate disaster relief as well as long-term agricultural initiatives.
A girl lugs buckets of drinking water after the passing of Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Canada has earmarked $54 million over five years for Haiti, to help with immediate disaster relief as well as long-term agricultural initiatives. AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Canada will give $54 million over five years to Haiti, including more than $2 million in immediate aid.

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced the funds today on the final day of her three-day trip to the country.

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The country is reeling from the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew last month.

Most of the money will go towards long-term agricultural initiatives, but Bibeau says $2.65 million will be invested immediately to help those impacted by the disaster.

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Aerial view shows widespread devastation in Haiti as death toll is over 800 – Oct 7, 2016

Part of that will go to the United Nations World Food Program, which is currently providing food to those left homeless.

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Another $1.4 million is earmarked for Haitian elections, which begin on Sunday after numerous disputes and delays.

Canada will help with voting logistics and provide independent observers.

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Haiti death toll climbs in wake of Hurricane Matthew – Oct 7, 2016

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