Supporting Families As Floods Return To Pakistan in 2011
18 Sep 2011 | Blog | Pakistan | Emergency Relief
Caritas is once again providing support to families who have been affected by this year's devastating floods in Sindh and northern Punjab, Pakistan. Flooding caused by heavy monsoonal rains this August and September are now affecting 5.3 million people across the regions.
During his visit to Pakistan, Michel Roy (Secretary General for Caritas Internationalis) said, “There is an urgent need to help the millions of people affected by these floods. It’s a double tragedy as only last year some of the worst flooding in living memory overwhelmed huge swathes of the country. Again, the poorest and most vulnerable have been affected and they need our support. The 2011 floods underline the need to prepare and protect communities from future flooding.”
The international Caritas network is providing this urgent humanitarian aid relief in the Pakistan 2011 floods through Caritas Pakistan, CRS (Caritas USA) and Trócaire (Caritas Ireland).
Caritas Pakistan has been on the ground since the onset of the emergency, with a focus on delivering aid in Badin and Tatha in Sindh, Kasur, Mian Chanon, Ranjanpur, and Bahwalpur in Punjab. However, getting enough resources to people in need is a major challenge due to ongoing heavy rains across southern Sindh.
In Badin, a Caritas Pakistan emergency response team found 70 families from a village sitting on the side of the road who they were able to help with food and hygiene packs. The diocese of Hyderabad has distributed 400 tents and 400 food packages. The diocese of Lahore has distributed food packages and has treated 500 sick people. The diocese of Multan has distributed 300 tents and food packages.
Caritas Pakistan will expand its operations by providing 12,500 families with temporary shelter, food assistance and health services in order to eradicate disease and cure ailments.
Trócaire is also assisting in Badin, where it has long-standing programmes in bonded labour and human rights. CRS is initially targeting the areas of Mirpur Khas, Sanghar, Nawabshah, and Kairpur districts with aid items like plastic sheeting and hygiene kits.
Shelter is an urgent need with over a million houses either completely destroyed or damaged. Whilst over 300,000 people are now in relief camps, the majority of people displaced by the flooding are living along roadsides, embankments and in public buildings such as schools.
Up to 2.5 million people are in need of assistance with clean water and sanitation as water sources are no longer considered safe, which has left the affected populations to rely on open pond waters, risking the threat of communicable diseases. Controlling this threat of disease, including water and vector borne diseases such diarrhoea, hepatitis and malaria has also now been identiified as an immediate focus.
Many thanks to Caritas Internationalis for sharing this post
To show your support through Caritas Australia's General Emergency Appeal, please donate online or phone tollfree 1800 024 413.
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