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Caritas Australia stands in solidarity with the thousands of people affected by the recent earthquake in Pakistan. On September 24, 2013, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Awaran, Balochistan province in Pakistan, affecting 300,000 people across six districts, with many casualties still being reported as the crisis unfolds.
The Caritas network in Pakistan has been quick to respond and is now preparing to distribute relief packages on an emergency basis.
Caritas is mobilizing to provide emergency assistance and relief to the thousands of people in the Ziarat district of Baluchistan, near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border who have been devastated by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake.
The tremor which struck in the early hours of Wednesday morning has killed up to 170 people, triggered landslides, injured hundreds, displaced thousands and has destroyed houses and government buildings.
Sixty years after independence to India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, 40 million people are suffering in the region as a result of flooding, yet media attention and public response to this humanitarian crisis remains extremely limited.
'The impact on people from Pakistan to India, from Bangladesh to Nepal, is difficult to comprehend.
A year after a massive earthquake shook South Asia, Caritas Australia through working in partnership with local agencies, Caritas Pakistan, Caritas India, Catholic Relief Services and ICMC, has made a significant contribution to the rebuilding process.
Three months after the devastating earthquake hit the Central Asian region on October 8, 2005, the relief effort is progressing in the mountainous areas of Pakistan.
Caritas Australia is currently working through local partner Caritas Pakistan in the Boi and Dilola regions, situated on the Kashmir border and adjoining the city of Abbotabad. Over 50,000 people live in this region, and approximately half are unable to live in their homes.
"Some of the displaced people have chosen to camp next to their destroyed houses because their fields are important for their livelihoods.
Caritas Australia is committing $1 million towards the emergency response in Pakistan following the devastating earthquake that struck the central Asia region in early October. Of the $1million, $800,000 has come from Australian public donations, and a further $200,000 has been contributed by the Australian Government through AusAID.
Today, the third day after a massive earthquake hit Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, Caritas Australia partners in India, Fr Alex Vadakuthala and Ray Kancharala went into the mountainside with their fellow workers to start the enormous task of delivering help to those left wounded and homeless.
On October 8 at 8.30am local time, the 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck, killing apossibly 40,000 people and razing towns and villages in three countries.
The Caritas team started their journey in Baramulla in Kashmir and worked their way up into the hillsides of Uri, a district 60 kilometres …
Caritas Australia has launched a humanitarian appeal to help the victims of the Pakistan and South Asian Earthquake.
"We are now taking donations," said Mr Jack de Groot, Chief Executive Officer of Caritas Australia.
"Because we are part of the Caritas Internationalis network, we are able to work with partners in Pakistan and the affected region, who are already on the ground.