September 28, 2011

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    Keeping a promise: Caritas helps Pakistan’s latest flood victims

Keeping a promise: Caritas helps Pakistan’s latest flood victims

By |28 September 2011|

In summer 2011, heavy monsoon rains inundated southern Pakistan, an area already reeling from massive floods in 2010. Here, a survivor tells her story.

Floods return to Pakistan

By |16 September 2011|

Caritas is supporting families caught in devastating floods in Pakistan in Sindh and northern Punjab. Heavy monsoon rains in August and September have caused flooding that has affected 5.3 million people Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Michel Roy on a visit to Pakistan 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. ” Getting enough resources to people in need is a major challenge due to ongoing heavy rains across southern Sindh. Shelter is an urgent need with over a million houses either destroyed or damaged. Over 300,000 people are now in relief camps, but most [...]

Five million people affected by downpours in Pakistan

By |9 September 2011|

A heavy downpour in the last twenty-four hours has caused further flooding in Sindh in southern Pakistan as  monsoon rains affect 4.9 million. Flooding in Baluchistan is causing further misery.

August 3, 2011

Flood Anniversary and the role of Caritas Pakistan

By |3 August 2011|

Amjad Gulzar, National Executive Secretary of Caritas Pakistan The first flood anniversary brings back many memories; both happy and sad. We supported the victims in times of pain and suffering but there were many whom we could not reach in time. Caritas Pakistan, helped generously through its international partners and played vital role of bringing relief and help to thousands who suffered the tragedy. The disaster last year was the worst in the history of the country. Nearly 20 million people were affected by massive floods and heavy rain during July and August 2010. We shall continue our efforts in the rehabilitation phase with a focus on reconstruction, livelihood restoration, provision of health services and safe drinking water as well as psychosocial care support. Caritas Pakistan in collaboration with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has organised a preparedness course this year. The training involved our Country Disaster Management Team keeping in view the [...]

July 28, 2011

Seeking a normal life after Pakistan floods

By |28 July 2011|

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 are getting food, medical facilities, clean water and shelter. There are still some people living in tents but many are making permanent houses. Caritas Pakistan has been providing roofing and construction materials to help with this. However, there are areas which still need work. Not everyone has access to water. Caritas Pakistan has provided many filters to affected communities but the need for clean drinking water is still there. People are still without jobs and are seeking help. As for food, many crops were wiped out and also the roads which took people to markets. People can now access the [...]

Rebuilding life on Manchar Lake in Pakistan

By |27 July 2011|

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. Yet, last summer, the lake wiped away everything they had worked so hard to build-up. Encouraged by the onrushing rivers and tributaries which feed into it, Manchar Lake rose up and swallowed the villages that surround it. Thankfully for the people who live there, Trócaire (Caritas Ireland) and the Pakistani Fisherfolk Forum (PFF), a nationwide organisation representing the needs of fishing communities, had piloted an emergency preparedness programme in the communities. Fearing the onset of flooding, the programme equipped the communities with loudspeakers, radios and a colour-coded flag system to warn when water was reaching dangerous [...]

Fresh water on tap after the floods in Pakistan

By |27 July 2011|

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 banks and destroyed the only bridge leading where they needed to go. The men waited hours to make a precarious journey across the water on a hastily-constructed rope trolley—a tiny open crate that swung and wobbled each of them over the river. After a difficult journey, the men finally reached their destination: a Catholic Relief Services (a US member of Caritas) office in the town of Besham. Getting from their village to Besham was normally a rough, bumpy two hours by car. But during the massive flooding of summer 2010, the journey took far longer. The men [...]

Planting seeds of recovery after Pakistan’s floods

By |27 July 2011|

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 needs the seeds. One year ago Ghulam could not have imagined he would be so desperate. His village, located close to Manchar Lake in the Sindh province of Pakistan, was a successful farming village. Each of the 600 residents lived in stone houses. They had land and machinery and a plentiful crop almost ready for harvesting. But then the floods came and destroyed everything. "We were very happy before the floods," he says. "We had houses and our crops were ready for harvest. But then the floods came and we lost everything - the houses, the [...]

Floods in Pakistan

By |7 July 2011|

At the end of August 2010, almost one fifth of Pakistan was underwater. Along its entire length, the Indus river had burst its banks, washing away homes, destroying crops and livestock and bringing disease. For the 20 million people affected by the floods, it was an unparalleled disaster. “We were sleeping when I heard screams that the embankment was breached. At first I thought that we were going to die. However, we managed to escape with our charpoys (beds) and my six grand children,” said 60-year-old Gamul Mai. “The raging waters swept away our mud house. I have never been that terrified in my life.” Gamul Mai developed a high fever after escaping the three-feet wave in her village in Sindh. Shortly afterwards, she visited a health centre run by Caritas Pakistan with her two young nieces who were suffering from malaria and skin allergies. She also received food items and mosquito [...]

February 18, 2011

Pakistan floods: shelter saved us

By |18 February 2011|

Caritas Pakistan shares joys with flood victims

By |4 February 2011|

January 28, 2011

Pakistan 6 months after floods: Monica’s story

By |28 January 2011|

Pakistan 6 months after floods: Elli’s story

By |28 January 2011|

Hope for a home after Pakistan floods

By |27 January 2011|

By Kamran Chaudhry, Communications Officer Caritas Pakistan  Caritas Pakistan will support the construction of 2500 shelters for people displaced by super floods that swept away homes and crops in the Sindh province last year. “Restoration of basic infrastructure is crucial in returning life back to normal. Months of standing water has exposed the wooden skeleton at the base of the remaining mud houses”, said Shamas Shamaun, Executive Secretary of Caritas Pakistan in Hyderabad dioceses. He was speaking on a visit to the villages in the northern coastal areas of the Sindh province on 25 January. Caritas Pakistan will provide construction material to 1500 families in Karachi and 1000 families in rest of the province, home to the largest number of people made homeless by the floods six months ago. The concept of semi-permanent houses is an innovation to the existing structures composed of wood beams and straw covered in mud. Caritas Pakistan will monitor [...]
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    Caritas response for Pakistan’s flood victims six months on

Caritas response for Pakistan’s flood victims six months on

By |27 January 2011|

Pakistan is still struggling to cope six months after devastating floods that affected 20 million people. “There is still a lot to be done,” said Bishop Joseph Coutts, President of Caritas Pakistan. “We are now moving from the early relief stage to reconstruction. In some regions however, especially in the south, people are still lacking the most basic things like food and clean water.” Caritas members have allocated more than $20 million to the flood response so far. "Thousands of families in the areas most affected by the floods are now in homes and have been able to plant in time for the wheat season, which will provide them and their families an income at harvest time," said Jack Byrne, Country Representative of Catholic Relief Services (CRS is a Caritas member). The floods in Pakistan started in late August and covered large areas of the country in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab and [...]