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Ranju has tears in her eyes as she reflects on the devastation she has experienced.
The 26-year-old widow had just lost her husband from sickness two days before the floods came. She then saw her house washed away in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam which has been particularly hard hit by the worst flooding to strike South Asia in more than a decade.
More than 40 million people have been affected by the seasonal monsoon floods that have swept through India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Caritas Pakistan will provide immediate shelter and warm bedding to 1200 families who survived a deadly earthquake this week in the Hindu Kush region. The 7.7 magnitude quake affected rural areas in Afghanistan and Pakistan, damaging over 9000 houses. Caritas Pakistan is seeking international support to reach the victims in time with shelter and other aid to save their lives.
According to the first reports from two Caritas Pakistan assessment teams, the most urgent uncovered needs are for shelter, winterisation and hygiene. The teams sent this report:
Greece is being overwhelmed by refugees and migrants, with a spike in the number of arriving this year. They’re mostly from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. They’re fleeing war and poverty.
The number of new arrivals has reached over 160,000 people. In just one week alone in August, more than 20,000 arrived. That’s about half the total of the whole of 2014.
The Greek Coast Guard is rescuing people from the sea as the refugees make their way from Turkey to the eastern Aegean islands of Lesbos, Chios, Agathonissi, Kos and Symi.
Lucia Bibi was buried alive with her children after the thatched roof of her house collapsed during a heavy downpour.
“It was one at night and the third day of the rains. I was sleeping with my two daughters and a son when everything came down on us with a thump. I clutched straw with my left hand but when I tried to raise my right arm, I just couldn’t move it”, said Bibi, 43.
Par Son Éminence le cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB, Président et Michel Roy, Secrétaire Général
« Nous avons mis en route la culture du “déchet” […] Les exclus ne sont pas des “exploités”, mais des déchets, “des restes”… personne ne devrait être “privé” de l’amour de Dieu ni de nos soins. »
By His Eminence Óscar Andrés Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB, President of Caritas Internationalis and Michel Roy, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis
“We have created a ‘throw away’ culture…the excluded are not the ‘exploited’ but the outcast, the ‘leftovers’…no one is to be ‘excluded’ from God’s love and from our care.”
The heaviest rains in 50 years have triggered flash floods in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab provinces of Pakistan. As flood chaos continues with more rain forecast, Caritas Pakistan workers are visiting different dioceses for the assessment of the ongoing emergency.
As floods chaos continues in Pakistan with more rain forecast, Caritas Pakistan workers are visiting different dioceses for the assessment of ongoing emergency.
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.
The Chenab and Jhelum rivers rose dramatically at the weekend, causing massive destruction, with smaller rivers also overflowing. Hundreds of villages have been submerged, forcing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes and leaving hundreds of people dead.
Aid efforts hampered as roads cut
Caritas has launched an emergency appeal to help 3000 families in Pakistan who are facing a food crisis brought about by severe drought.
Over 150 children have died over the past three months because of the crisis in the southern desert region of Tharparkar in Sindh Province. The children risk illnesses such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and chest infections
Cáritas. 24 de octubre de 2013.- El equipo directivo de Cáritas Española ha aprobado en las últimas semanas un paquete de ayudas para responder a varias emergencias provocadas por fenómenos meteorológicos adversos y conflictos armados en África, Asia y América Latina.
Desplazados en Malí
Heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan have killed over a hundred people, destroyed 10,000 houses and affected 400,000 people. The rivers Ravi, Chenab, Sutlej, Jhelum and Indus have over flown, destroying millions of acres of crops and washing away roads and bridges.
Caritas Pakistan says the destruction is already huge. With more rains predicted to last until the first week of September, Caritas staff on the ground say the situation is going from bad to worse for those people who have lost everything in the floods.
Caritas has launched a three-month emergency programme to help families following severe flooding in Pakistan. The programme will cost US$1.4 million (€1.1 million).
Heavy rains in August and September hit the provinces of Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan and have left hundreds of dead and tens of thousands of people homeless.
Caritas in Pakistan will provide tents, blankets, food and medical assistance for the next three months to many people who are in difficulty.
EMERGENCY UPDATE - Needs Still Gr eat in Pakistan and Horn o f Africa
Recent months have seen large-scale flooding in Asia, Latin America, and a massive earthquake in Turkey. Thank you to donors who have responded to the needs displayed on our media – the spread of the Caritas network means we can direct such funds to places you specify. Our appeals are still open for the huge need that continues to exist for Pakistan and the Horn of Africa.
Se acaba de aprobar el envío de una partida de 50.000 euros
Cáritas. 10 de noviembre de 2011.- Cáritas Española ha decidido liberar una partida de 50.00 euros para apoyar el programa de respuesta urgente puesto en marcha por Cáritas Pakistán para atender a los damnificados de las graves inundaciones registradas en muchas zonas del país con motivo de las fuertes lluvias monzónicas caídas durante los últimos meses.
1,8 millones de personas desplazadas
Caritas says a poor response by the international community to major floods in Pakistan in 2011 is endangering lives.
The Catholic aid network is urging donors to devote more resources to provide food, shelter and clean water to millions of people in need.
Heavy monsoon rains began to inundate large areas of southern Pakistan in late July 2011. As the months wore on, the floods swamped villages across the province of Sindh. According to the United Nations, more than five million people are affected.
Monsoon rains and typhoons have inundated large areas of Asia, particularly in the Philippines, Cambodia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Thousands of people have fled their homes; others are living on roofs. Caritas teams are distributing aid and helping families recover when their homes are damaged and their crops swept away.
Un an après les violentes inondations qui ont provoqué la plus grave crise humanitaire de l’histoire du pays, le Pakistan encore très fragile, est de nouveau affecté par de graves inondations. Le Secours Catholique – Caritas France fortement mobilisé avec le réseau Caritas depuis plus d’un an, lance un appel aux dons et débloque une aide d’urgence de 200 000 euros.
July 28, 2011 · 9:22 AM
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.
Fin juillet 2010, le Pakistan est frappé par de violentes inondations qui provoquent la plus grave crise humanitaire de son histoire avec près de 20 millions de personnes affectées, 10 millions de sans-abris, 2 millions d’habitations endommagées et 2,4 millions d’hectares de terres arables dévastées. Pour faire face à cette catastrophe, le Secours Catholique-Caritas France a collecté 1,1 millions d’euros qui ont permis de soutenir plusieurs activités d’urgence mais aussi d’engager des actions de long terme dans le domaine de la sécurité alimentaire.