14m flood victims in Pakistan in need of help

09/08/2010

The Caritas network is preparing to ramp up its emergency response in South Asia as the situation worsens for tens of millions in Pakistan’s flood affected regions.

Up to 12 million people have been impacted by the flooding so far, with millions stranded without food, adequate shelter, clean water and vital infrastructure.

With more severe rain predicted in the coming days and floodwaters pouring south, at least 2 million more are now on high flood alert in the southern province of Sind. 

“Fourteen million people potentially affected - that’s two-thirds of our population here in Australia,” Caritas Australia CEO Jack de Groot said. “The situation is horrendous.”

To date, 800 villages have been evacuated in the Punjab and Sind regions as authorities prepare for the onset more heavy rain. Across the north, entire villages have been destroyed in the floods forcing millions into indefinite internal displacement.

“With the situation looking bleaker by the day, the Caritas network is preparing to ramp up our response; to ensure these vulnerable communities – exposed to unimaginable risk – have the resources they so urgently need,” Mr de Groot said.

To find out how you can help Caritas in its response, visit Caritas Australia


Caritas Australia is the Catholic agency for international aid and development, working in countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Pacific and in Australia with Indigenous communities. Caritas Australia is part of the international Caritas network, supporting aid and grassroots programs in nearly every developing country.


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