Heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan have destroyed thousands of homes, roads, bridges and farms for the third year in a row. The 2010 floods were the worst in recent history, with a fifth of the country underwater. The 2011 and 2012 floods also caused damage across vast areas. Caritas Pakistan Executive Director Amjad Gulzar says that the current situation is already worse than the last two years. With more heavy rain expected over the coming weeks, the situation may get much worse. Caritas staff members are on the ground working with people in need. Read an interview with Amjad Gulzar followed by a radio interview with Andrew Schaefer, the Country Representative for CRS Pakistan. What has been the impact of the floods? The whole country experienced a second spell of the monsoon from 31 July to 4 August. The heavy showers triggered flash floods in different parts and caused widespread loss […]
Rescuers are looking for survivors after a strong earthquake hit a poor region of northwest China. About 123,000 people were affected by the quake, which struck at 7.45 on 22 July near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province.
Staff members from a local Caritas partner organisation, Jinde Charities, are working with the Lanzhou Social Service Centre. Its staff visited the disaster area on the same day the quake hit to do an assessment.
Although Gansu is one of China’s less densely populated provinces, it is a poverty stricken area. Heavy rain is expected later in the week, raising the need for shelter and increasing the possibility of landslides.
China’s worst earthquake in recent years struck the southwestern province of Sichuan in 2008. Measuring magnitude 7.9, it left 90,000 people dead or missing.
In November, 2011, Jinde conducted a training on emergency response and invited eight church based organisations in China to participate. Lanzhou […]
According to Caritas Hong Kong, the earthquake that shook the Sichuan Province in Southwest China a week ago has claimed the lives of 200 people and wounded 12,000 affecting over 1.5 million inhabitant living in the province. “In the villages I visited the most urgently needed supplies are tents, plastic sheeting and blankets as well as drugs, analgesics, anti-inflammatory soap, food, oil” says Br. Yi , a Caritas volunteers.
The Chinese government has been quick to respond and dispatch teams and troops as it is the second disaster hitting that the region in the past five years. Search and rescue teams are operating around the clock and desperately fighting against time to save as many lives as possible whilst the continuing aftershocks are impeding with their rescue efforts. The pressure is mounting as most of the relief materials can only be transported to the affected areas after the completion of […]
Caritas partners are struggling to reach Taiping, a remote township near the epicentre of Saturday’s deadly earthquake.
The earthquake of 6.6 magnitudes struck the province of Sichuan in Southwest China on 20 April, killing nearly 200 people, leaving thousands of people injured and causing significant damages.
Staff members from a local Caritas partner organisation, Jinde Charities, flew immediately to the disaster zone where they have been able to provide some aid through church networks.
Mary Wu of the relief team said they learned that the situation in Taiping is very serious so they took an ambulance from a church-run hospital there.
But landslides caused by aftershocks prevented them reaching the town. More than 1,000 aftershocks have been reported after earthquake.The government stopped ngos from proceeding, fearing accidents. However, the Jinde team were able to take an injured soldier back for treatment.
By Amjad Gulzar, Executive Director Caritas Pakistan
A strong earthquake of 7.8 magnitude hit Pakistan at 15.44 hours (10.44 GMT ) today. The tremors were felt in Islamabad, Lahore, Abbottabad, Peshawar, Hyderabad, Quetta, Multan, Kohat, Hangu, Bannu, Dir and many other areas across Pakistan.
According to Pakistan Meteorological Department the latitude of earthquake was 26.65 North and longitude was 61.60 East with its epicenter in Southern Iran near the Pakistan Iran Boarder.
The tremors spreading panic among the people who came out of their houses for safety. The epicenter is said to be in Iran The worst affected areas in Pakistan is Mashki some 580 Km from Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan in the south west of Pakistan. Travel time from Quetta to Mashaki is around 15-16 hours by road.
Till about an hour back 21 deaths had been reported and over 100 injured in the city of about 30000-35000 population. There […]
It’s two years since a massive earthquake and tsunami hit eastern Japan and killed over 15,800 people. Despite an impressive government operation to clean up and rebuild, the disaster has left a dark shadow over many communities which they are still dealing with today.
“Unfortunately, many people who were affected by the disaster have yet to find peace and hope. Instead, they worry that the harsh reality is that with the passage of time their suffering is being forgotten both in Japan and elsewhere,” says Bishop Tarcisio Kikuchi, president of Caritas Japan.
Some 150,000 people in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures were still not back in their homes by the end of December 2012. Caritas Japan says that this precarious state of living has had a very damaging effect on communities.
A Caritas Japan report for the second anniversary says, “Evacuee life destroys communities. Immediately after the disaster survivors were assigned to evacuation […]
By Bishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi, SVD, President of Caritas Japan
Caritas Japan wants to sincerely thank our brothers and sisters throughout the world for the tremendous support you have given to our Great East Japan Earthquake relief activities. We will never forget that when Japan suffered that unprecedented disaster, friends like you reached out to help.
Nearly two years have passed since the earthquake on 11 March, 2011. Unfortunately, many people who were affected by the disaster have yet to find peace and hope. Instead, they worry that the harsh reality is that with the passage of time their suffering is being forgotten both in Japan and elsewhere.
In this situation, Caritas Japan continues to unite with those who have been affected by the disaster, listening to their voices and walking with them as they strive to survive and recover.
Caritas Japan continues to search out and aid those whose needs are […]
Kristin Weinhauer is a Senior Technical Advisor for Health and HIV at Catholic Relief Service (CRS is a Caritas member). She previously worked in Vietnam overseeing several CRS health programmes including an HIV clinic, a drug rehabilitation clinic and work with highly vulnerable children.
Read the full interview in the HAART for Children 2013 Newsletter Issue No 1.
How would you describe “disclosure”?
Disclosing one’s status simply means that a person with HIV tells someone else that they have HIV. It could also be a parent or caretaker telling a child that they are HIV positive. Disclosure of HIV status to children is a process. The process involves caregiver and child, with parent or caregiver initiating and leading the process. A counsellor or health care worker provides a supportive role. Disclosure may also involve the sharing of caregiver’s and other family members’ HIV status. The disclosure process usually takes time and occurs after […]