Monsoon 2020 in Pakistan

Overview

Heavy rainfall caused devastation in many parts of country especially urban localities during six spells of monsoon. Women, children, elderly, person with disabilities and poor households were trapped in knee deep water in repeated spells without respite destroying the initial cleanup. The households have lost livelihoods, households items and structural damages. 

The heavy rain in Karachi on 22nd of August, 2020 added to the challenges for locals of Yousaf Goth, area of St. Michael’s Parish of the archdiocese of Karachi district Malir. Urban flooding, disruption in power supply, overflowed drains and roads affected many low-lying areas. Relentless monsoon rains also lashed Punjab last week killing 24 people and injuring 18.

In Karachi, 4- 5 foot deep sewage-mixed rainwater entered houses in Yousaf Goth. The deluge caused urban flooding with rainwater mixed with garbage from overflowing drains entering houses and shops in some areas, destroying the goods inside.

Caritas Pakistan Response

Disaster Management Committees (DMCs) and volunteers are contributing in rescue activities and provide information to Caritas Pakistan and other Government officials. Disaster Management Committees (DMCs) are organized and trained by Caritas Pakistan under Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) are fully prepared and helping people morally to overcome the situation and helping people to provide drinking safe water with the help of Caritas Pakistan Karachi.

Caritas Pakistan teams conducted initial rapid need assessment August 09-11, 2020 in flood affected areas of Sindh, Balochistan and rain affected areas of Karachi and Lahore. Emergency Response Teams (ERT) has also conducted meeting with Government Officials and discussed the coordination mechanism during flood response activities. Some of our latest initiatives include

Washing away the sludge and mud from Catholic Church and streets on self-help basis on 9th of August, 2020. The president of Disaster Man agement Committee (DMC) of Shahjanabad area of St. Philip’s Parish Mr. Boota Mashi took the initiative and motivated the other volunteers to clean the Church flooded last week.

Major clean-up operation of roads and streets after heavy rain and urban flooding in seaport city. Mr. Saleem Daleep washed away the sludge and mud from the road at front of diocesan office on 12th of August, 2020. The Disaster Management Committee (DMC) of Shahbaz Goth area of St. Thomas’s Parish Mr. Fiaz Anwar also took the initiative on self-help basis and removed rain water from the main street.

 

Distribution of cooked food and drinking water with help of the Disaster Management Committee (DMC) of Holy Mary Goth. 150 families affected by rain and urban floods received Biryani (rice dish) at Holy Mary, Younas Goth and Nasrat Nagar areas of St. Michael’s Parish of Archdiocese of Karachi on 9th of August, 2020.

 

Future Plan

• Caritas Pakistan will share rapid Initial need assessment report
• Caritas Pakistan is developing flood response plan and will launch Emergency Appeal
• Relief Distributions will continue with the help of local contributions.
• Caritas Pakistan will continue coordination with District Government, volunteers and communities for learning about the situation of affected population.
• Preparedness activities will continue in riverine flood prone areas through Volunteers and DMCs under Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM)