Pakistan floods response
In 2010, torrential monsoonal rains flooded over one fifth of Pakistan, affecting over 20 million people. As Pakistan was beginning to recover, further flooding in 2011 severely affected another 9 million people and damaged nearly 4.2 million acres of agriculture land. In September 2012, intense monsoon rains led to flooding across three provinces, affecting over 4 million people, including leaving 400,000 homeless.
Following the September 2012 floods, Caritas Australia worked with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to provide emergency assistance to people in Northern Sindh, one of the worst affected areas. Non-food item emergency kits, which assist in basic shelter, hygiene and water purification needs, were provided to over 825 households in the Jacobabad District, Northern Sindh.
“The Caritas network was already working on flood prevention and rehabilitation projects in the immediate area [before the 2010 floods]. This was greatly supported by the community and enabled the Caritas network to rapidly respond to their needs,” said Melville Fernandez, Group Leader – Humanitarian and Emergencies, Caritas Australia.
Caritas Australia was involved in the delivery of food, water, sanitation, hygiene and health programs; the reconstruction of communities and the rehabilitation of lives through psychosocial support and the protection of women and children, to those affected by flooding in Pakistan.
Some of the programs supported by Caritas Australia included:
- Access to food, shelter, blankets, cookware and medical assistance for 300,000 people.
- Water, sanitation and hygiene facilities for 2,160 households.
- Shelter for 500 families.
- Malnutrition and disease prevention initiatives.
- The provision of child-friendly spaces to alleviate trauma among children in refugee camps.
- Disaster risk reduction and management initiatives
- Sustainable livelihoods training.
Since 2010, the Caritas network has helped over 39,000 households rebuild their lives and livehoods. See the latest photo gallery for a look at recent humanitarian programs that have helped communities in the Sindh and Balochistan areas. View photo gallery »
The 2010 floods were the worst seen in Pakistan in 40 years, covering one fifth of the country and killing over 2,000 people. Torrential rains in August and September 2011 compounded the severity of the situation, killing a further 226 and forcing 300,000 more to seek refuge in emergency shelters. Intense monsoon rains in early September 2012 once again led to widespread floods and left almost 400,000 people homeless.
Today thousands of people continue to have no access to food, clean water, shelter or medical support. In light of the recurrent floods, we require the Australian public’s continuing support to assist the affected communities in Pakistan. Donate today »
Story from the field
The village of Sattar Dino was completely destroyed during the floods of 2010. Of the 80 homes that stood prior to the floods, only two withstood the damage. Many of the animals perished and the farm land was ruined. For the 560 people who live here, the floods of summer 2010 devastated their lives.
“This was a prosperous community,” recalls 55-year-old Ghulam Nabi. “We had proper houses, animals and land, but we had to leave when the floods came and when we returned the village was destroyed. We had to move far away and live in tents for four months while we waited for the water to go down. We were very happy to get that shelter, but it was a very sad time.”
With the support of Australian communities, Caritas partners in Pakistan helped families return to their villages, rebuilding homes, water pumps and sanitation facilities.