MULTAN: Extensive humanitarian aid projects launched for flood victims by Caritas.
Over 200 villages were submerged and hundreds of acres of crop land were destroyed due to high floods in River Tawi, Nalluh Dek and Basantar. According to government officials, over 98 people have died in flood-related accidents this month, mainly in urban areas, while more than 100, 000 persons have been affected.
Aware of devastations caused by flood waters; Caritas Pakistan has instigated considerable humanitarian aid for flood victims. This aid reaches the flood victims regardless of religion. Heavy monsoon rains have hit the country in the past few weeks, in particular in the province of Punjab, causing 108 deaths.
The rains have inundated 770 villages and almost 2,500 homes have been ruined, leaving over 300,000 people without a roof over thier head. As announced by Caritas Pakistan, “The organization has distributed to survivors in the district of Rajanpur, in Punjab province, food and hygiene kits for over 100 families.”
Mr. Amjad Gulzar, Executive Director of Caritas Pakistan, said: “The current emergency has put in motion the assistance and Caritas teams of volunteers continue monitoring the flood across the country”.
“We wanted to start with the most vulnerable and help our Muslim brothers and sisters in their moment of need”, he continued. Mr. Amjad revealed Caritas Pakistan’s aid and relief action experiences among Christian and Muslim flood victims, on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr at the end of the Muslim holy month of “Ramadan”.
Caritas Pakistan has been on the go mainly in the district of Multan; which has been severely hit by flood waters causing great damage. “The survivors are in desperate need of food and mosquito nets. We plan to start mobile clinics in coming days”, explains Gulzar.
The team of Caritas Pakistan works in close harmonization with the civil authorities and other concerned organizations. Pertaining to charitable involvement, first three months are primarily been set at direct relief, whereas the proceeding seven months have been set for the recuperation and rehabilitation projects. Previously, during the monsoon season of 2012, Caritas Pakistan aided in excess of 7,000 families providing medical treatment to above 4,700 patients.