Emergencies in Pakistan

Seeking a normal life after Pakistan floods

Seeking a normal life after Pakistan floods

Eric Dayal, National Coordinator for Disasters at Caritas Pakistan I’ve been to many of the affected areas since the floods and things have changed. People have started moving towards normal life in many respects. Now there are almost no camps and people have gone back to their villages. Many lives have been saved and people ...

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One year anniversary of the Pakistan floods

Floods in Pakistan in the summer of 2010 were the worst in 80 years. As one-fifth of the country lay underwater, 18 million people struggled to find food and water and to keep a roof over their heads. One year on, communities are still rebuilding their lives. Caritas is with the people of Pakistan as ...

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Planting seeds of recovery after Pakistan’s floods

Planting seeds of recovery after Pakistan’s floods

Ghulam Akber clutches his bag of cotton seed and knows he is holding his future. The seeds are the key to 22-year-old Ghulam rebuilding his life. More than anything, he needs a new house. But to get a new house, he needs money; to get money, he needs a crop; to get a crop, he ...

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Fresh water on tap after the floods in Pakistan

Fresh water on tap after the floods in Pakistan

By Laura Sheahen, Catholic Relief Services  On a day in September 2010, a group of white-bearded men left their mountaintop village in Pakistan and wended their way down 5000 feet of steep, rocky slopes. None of them were young; one used a cane. At the base of the mammoth mountain, a river had burst its ...

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Rebuilding life on Manchar Lake in Pakistan

Rebuilding life on Manchar Lake in Pakistan

The fishing communities who survive on the produce of Manchar Lake in Sindh, Pakistan could never have imagined that the source of their livelihoods would one day destroy everything they owned. The lake is the biggest in Pakistan and has sustained generations of their families, with 20,000 people currently dependent on it for their survival. ...

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Pakistan floods: shelter saved us

Pakistan floods: shelter saved us

By Jessica Howell, Catholic Relief Services (CRS is a Caritas member) The early days of last August seemed fairly unremarkable for the small Pakistani village of Rajo Bhayo, until the Indus River – swollen from days of unending monsoon rains in the north – breached a protective embankment nearby and came swirling towards the village. ...

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Caritas Pakistan shares joys with flood victims

Caritas Pakistan shares joys with flood victims

By Kamran Chaudhry, Communications officer Caritas Pakistan Jan 28 was a day with a difference for flood victims like Haji Suleman in a relief camp of Karachi , the southern metropolis. The thumping of a platter gathered jubilant girls adorned in make-up and smiling children at Suleman’s camp as the sounds of merrymaking grew louder. ...

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Pakistan 6 months after floods: Elli’s story

Pakistan 6 months after floods: Elli’s story

By Elli Xenou, Caritas Coordinator Pakistan I was at home in Athens on summer vacations when the phone rang. Cordaid’s project manager (Cordaid is Caritas Netherlands) sounded worried: “It’s raining two days now non-stop” he said, “something big is going to happen”. Then the first images of floods and destruction made it to the TV ...

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