In the six months since Pakistan suffered the worst flooding in the country’s history CAFOD has delivered vital help to 124,000 people
The generous response of CAFOD supporters across England and Wales to the plight of Pakistanis in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, and Balochistan areas has enabled the organisation to deliver aid to 124,000 people. But there is still an enormous amount of work to do and CAFOD’s next phase of relief efforts will reach initially another 75,000 people in the coming months.
Robert Cruickshank, CAFOD’s senior emergency response officer, said: “This is the worst disaster I have ever seen – not because the death toll is higher than others – but because the flooding has decimated Pakistan’s infrastructure across huge areas
and with it have gone the crops that feed communities and the local and nation economies.
“Many of the affected areas and people have been very difficult to reach because roads and bridges were swept away when the floods were at their worst. It will take many, many years to put back what the floods took away in only days.”
Using the money donated by supporters, CAFOD, with its partners on the ground in Pakistan, has delivered emergency and semi-permanent shelters, hygiene kits, blankets, food, safe water and health care. In the next phase of relief work, CAFOD will concentrate on access to clean water and rebuilding people’s livelihoods.
Regional CAFOD spokesperson said: “The generosity of CAFOD supporters in X to the situation in Pakistan has been amazing. It is only with the help of such dedicated fundraisers and generous donations that CAFOD has been able to reach so many people in the flood-affected areas of Pakistan. And with your continued support we will able to work with the communities in Pakistan to helpcontinue rebuilding lives.”
Over the past six months CAFOD-funded aid has delivered:
Disaster emergency shelter kits and hygiene training to nearly 49,000 people in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province (KPK) in northern Pakistan with partner Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
- Food, safe water, hygiene items and hygiene training to 24,000 people in KPK through partner Trocaire
- Emergency and primary health care for 41,000 people through partner Cordaid’s mobile health clinics and static health services in Shangla district in KPK, one of the poorest districts of Pakistan
- Transitional shelters for almost 10,000 people in Sindh and Balochistan provinces. Working with partner CRS, this is one of the first shelter projects in the area. These shelters are being adapted by local communities to protect families from colder winter temperatures. With semi-permanent shelters, people can start concentrating on planting crops and rebuilding their lives and communities.
From February 2011 CAFOD will be working to reach an additional 40,000 people by improving their access to clean water and by providing them with sanitation. Half of the families will also receive help to restart their livelihood activities by engaging in small-scale reconstruction schemes (e.g. irrigation canals or schools) or by providing them with seeds, tools and livestock that were lost in the floods. This work will be complemented by activities to improve wider local community capacity to respond to future disasters, reaching altogether around 75,000 people.
At the end of July last year torrential monsoon rains inundated huge swathes of Pakistan leaving one fifth of the country under water. Almost 2,000 people were killed and more than 18 million were affected by the floods.