Caritas welcomes increased Pakistan flood funding

18/08/2010

Caritas Australia Pakistan Flood News Story
Photo: Asad Zaidi for Catholic Relief Services.
Caritas has welcomed increased Pakistan emergency funding from the Australian Government, but has urged pontential donors to not underestimate the scale of the disaster which has affected 20 million people.

Caritas Australia CEO Jack de Groot said the aid agency is pleased that the Australian Government has responded with an extra $24 million to the Pakistan emergency appeal, bringing its total assistance package to $35 million.

"We commend this response because we know that the disaster is getting worse by the day," Mr de Groot said. "Not only are the immediate needs of millions of people for food, water, sanitation and shelter immense but the rehabilitation and long term assistance will need to continue for years to come."

Mr de Groot said the humanitarian tragedy unfolding in Pakistan requires a response from the international community that is committed, comprehensive and commensurate with short and long term needs.

"Currently the response worldwide has not matched the scale of the disaster, but I believe that the response from the Australian public will grow because they have always shown great compassion for human suffering." Mr de Groot said.

“We at Caritas are calling on the Australian community to show solidarity with people whose lives have been devastated, villages destroyed and crops and orchards ruined and the millions of people living in makeshift shelters across Pakistan who are in danger from malnutrition and water borne diseases.

"Each one of the 20 million people affected has a story of loss and courage to tell and each one of them needs our help."

To find out how you can help, visit Caritas Australia


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