With over a thousand dead, and many more in great need, the Church has mobilised to help victims of flooding in Pakistan. Two bishops contacted ACN to explain the situation, and the foundation has committed to helping with projects in Hyderabad and Karachi, two of the dioceses in Sindh province, the most affected by the catastrophe.
The local Catholic Church in Pakistan is doing what it can to help the victims of the monsoon floods that have devastated large parts of the country over the past weeks.
As the official death toll tops 1,500, with several thousand more injured and more than six million people directly affected by the worst flooding in the past 30 years, urgent aid is needed to prevent the aftermath of the rains from being worse than the flooding itself.
In response to this catastrophe, ACN is sending emergency help to enable the diocese of Hyderabad, to provide emergency aid to over 5000 families, in the form of food packages for one month, cash grants for the most vulnerable families, mobile health units, temporary shelters and even basic – but essential – items such as mosquito nets and repellent. Damaged churches and community infrastructure must be repaired to shelter victims of the flooding. At Bishop Samson’s request, ACN committed $295,000 AUD of emergency help.
A further $44,000 AUD will go to the diocese of Karachi, which has prepared a response that includes the provision of 310 food packages and kitchen sets, made up of staple foods and essential cooking and cleaning items, to help local families whose houses have been destroyed, or rendered uninhabitable during the current crisis.
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