Indonesian villagers being evacuated after the Mt Merapi eruption.


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Asian emergencies

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In the last few years Caritas has provided emergency relief for Indonesia, Burma, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Indonesian villagers being evacuated after the Mt Merapi eruption.

Pakistan 2010 and 2011

Caritas Pakistan, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Trócaire (Caritas Ireland)

Flood relief

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand supported the supply of food, water, health services, shelter, and infrastructure repairs after the worst floods in 80 years in 2010. Then in 2011 The Caritas network supported families caught in renewed flooding in Pakistan's southeast and north. Read case studies here and here.

Indonesia October 2010

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Indonesia/Caritas Indonesia

Merapi volcanic eruption emergency response

Following volcanic eruptions in October on Java island, 5,000 displaced families were immediately provided with bedding materials, blankets, and ash masks to reduce exposure and inhalation of volcanic ash.

Burma (Myanmar) October 2010

Caritas Switzerland/Karuna Myanmar Social Services (KMSS)

Cyclone Giri Emergency Response

In October 2010, Cyclone Giri left more than 70,000 people homeless in western Burma. Caritas Switzerland and KMSS provided basic food and survival items to 1,250 households, and helped a further 1,000 households with construction materials for rebuilding homes.

Sri Lanka 2009

Caritas Sri Lanka – Social and Economic Development Centre (SEDEC)

War-affected internally displaced people

Support was given in 2009 for 300,000 internally displaced persons after a 25-year civil war ended in May 2009. Additional assistance was provided in 2010 to enable communities to recover from the protracted conflict, in the northeast and other parts of the country. Support provided immediate and medium-term needs for shelter, water, sanitation, livelihoods recovery, education and counselling.




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