Caritas Pakistan in aid of flood victims

The humanitarian interventions planned for the first three months are aimed at immediate relief, while the next seven months’ focus will be on recovery and rehabilitation projects.

Pakistan
Aug 21 2013, 12:44 PM
Caritas Pakistan in aid of flood victims
Pakistani residents stand by flood water that entered a residential area of Muzaffarabad on July 30.

Caritas Pakistan has launched massive humanitarian aid for flood victims especially in Punjab’s Multan district that suffered major damages. It has distributed food and hygiene kits to over 100 flood-affected families, mostly Muslims, in Rajanpur district of Punjab province.

Heavy monsoon rains have hit Pakistan, especially the Punjab province, in the last two weeks causing 108 deaths. The rains have flooded 770 villages and nearly 2,500 homes have been destroyed, leaving over 300,000 people homeless.

“The survivors are in desperate need of food and mosquito nets. We plan to start mobile clinics in coming days,” said Amjad Gulzar, Executive Director of Caritas Pakistan.

“The current emergency has put in motion the assistance and Caritas teams of volunteers continue monitoring the flood across the country. We wanted to start with the most vulnerable and help our Muslim brothers and sisters in their moment of need,” Gulzar said. He recalled acts of help and sharing experiences among Christian volunteers and Muslim refugees on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The staffs of Caritas Pakistan work in close coordination with the civil authorities. The humanitarian interventions planned for the first three months are aimed at immediate relief, while the next seven months’ focus will be on recovery and rehabilitation projects.

Last year, Caritas Pakistan had assisted over 7,000 families and provided medical care to over 4,700 patients during monsoon season.

Source: Agenzia Fides

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