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Caritas responding after natural disasters in Pakistan

Pakistan’s geographical location makes it vulnerable to natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. The floods are made worse by the country’s extreme deforestation and are leading to more frequent emergencies. Caritas is at the frontline of the humanitarian response to relieve the suffering of Pakistan’s poor who are otherwise being pushed deeper into poverty.

Caritas Pakistan distributes food, kitchen utensils, quilts, bed sheets and pillows alongside 4 international Caritas member organisations who work in the country. To prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes and dirty water, Caritas gives soap, antiseptic, detergent and bed nets to families. It sets up free medical camps and runs hygiene sessions on how to avoid becoming ill.

Pakistan’s villagers also need longer-term help to keep rebuilding their lives following protracted crises. Although some donors are showing fatigue in responding to Pakistan’s crises, Caritas gives out seeds and fertilizers, helps farmers prepare their land in time for the next growing season and vaccinates surviving livestock. It wants flood victims to become self-sufficient once more.


Caritas Updates from Pakistan

  • Hundreds of villages flooded in Pakistan

Hundreds of villages flooded in Pakistan

  • 10 September 2014
The heaviest rains in 50 years have triggered flash floods in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab province of Pakistan. As floods chaos continues, Caritas Pakistan workers are visiting different dioceses to assess the emergency.
  • Epic floods in India and Pakistan

Epic floods in India and Pakistan

  • 10 September 2014
Heavy monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding in Jammu and Kashmir in India and across the border in Punjab and Azad Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan.
  • Drought hits Pakistan’s desert peoples

Drought hits Pakistan’s desert peoples

  • 9 April 2014
Pakistan’s desert regions of Cholistan in the southern Punjab and Tharparkar in Sindh are facing a hunger crisis. Caritas Pakistan is providing food and medical aid to those most in need.

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