Pakistan anniversary: Preparations in place for new monsoon season

26 Jul 2012   |   Blog   |   Pakistan   |   Emergency Relief

Pakistan floods 2010

Still in recovery after two straight years of devastating flooding, millions of people across Pakistan are again threatened with widespread displacement as the latest monsoon season takes effect.

In what could be a time to reflect on their recovery from the floods of 2010 and 2011, the people of Pakistan have undergone preparation for further floods this monsoon season and in the future.

In a bid to reduce the loss of life, loss of livelihoods, the destruction of shelter, lack of sanitation and the spread of disease the Caritas network is engaged in Pakistan and focused on building the capacity of local communities to manage uncertainty including supporting disaster prevention programs, disaster risk reduction and early recovery.

This will ensure adequate and appropriate arrangements are made in advance to respond in a timely, effective and appropriate way to the needs of the affected populations including immediate life-saving activities.

In 2010 more than 2000 people died and 20 million were affected when floodwaters engulfed one fifth of Pakistan. Millions were left homeless and communities were brought to a physical and economic standstill. Last year more than five million people in the Sindh Province were affected.

This year weather forecasts have estimated rains will increase by between five and 15 per cent. Some rivers have already burst their banks and inundated agricultural land in the districts of Tando Khan and Dadu - again in Sindh Province.

The Caritas network has been engaged in Pakistan for decades and was firmly embedded in the region when these floods displaced millions and took so many lives in 2010.

With the support and resilience of the Pakistani community the emergency and recovery phases of the response saw more than 20,000 households receive emergency shelter and hygiene kits, repairs to water infrastructure, construction of shelter and agricultural support – all in partnership with the people of Pakistan.

All told, these projects have seen millions of people re-connected with clean water supplies, sanitation facilities, markets and, of course, their families and friends.

Putting to one side the current situation for a moment, we should stop to remember just what has been achieved in the last two years.

The people of Pakistan has shown extraordinary resilience to withstand two major floods in two years and now they are confronted with yet another major disaster. We need to again stand in solidarity with them in 2013.

Learn more about our emergency response to the Pakistan floods.

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