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As well as responding to large-scale conflicts like the Syria crisis or natural disasters like the earthquakes in Nepal, we also respond to approximately 30 smaller emergencies every year. Often these crises receive little or no media attention, but our emergency teams are among the first to arrive on the scene, and stay on to help people rebuild their lives.

Myanmar and Bangladesh

People in flood water in Rakhine state, Myanmar
People walking through flood water in Rakhine State, Myanmar

Heavy monsoon rains have caused flooding and landslides (July/August 2015), killing dozens of people and affecting millions.

In Myanmar, up to 100 people are reported to have died, and nearly a million people have been affected across the country. In Bangladesh over 2 million have been affected. The death toll is expected to rise in northern areas, which have been devastated by flooding and landslides caused by incessant monsoon rains and the effects of Cyclone Komen hitting Bangladesh. Many areas have been completely cut off by high waters or damaged roads.​

Safe drinking water, food and basic shelter are the greatest immediate needs. CARE is distributing emergency relief supplies to areas worst affected by the severe flooding and landslides in Myanmar, and is distributing food and water purifiers to families in Chakaria and Ramu Upazilla in Bangladesh.


Tents at Gagamari village
Gagamari is a small village about 12km from the Nigerian border where many refugees are now living, mostly under tarps or straw huts

More than 150,000 refugees, fleeing insecurity and violence in northern Nigeria, are now living in the Diffa region of Niger

The conflict in northern Nigeria is causing a regional humanitarian crisis. Nigerians are fleeing to Diffa, an area already suffering from chronic food insecurity with over half of the population of 600,000 people in need of support, including 110,000 people who are severely food insecure. Across Niger, 3.6 million people in Niger are at risk of food insecurity. Nearly 100,000 severely malnourished children have been admitted to therapeutic feeding centres nationwide since the beginning of the year. The influx of refugees and returnees has made it even more difficult to share the scarce resources. About 80% of the displaced are women and children.

CARE has been working in Diffa for many years. We were one of a handful of agencies working in the region when the crisis escalated towards the end of 2014. Our teams are distributing food, drinking water, hygiene kits, household supplies and cash grants to vulnerable people. So far, we’ve helped 72,000 people since August 2014 and are scaling up our response to meet the growing needs.


Displaced Somali woman
A displaced Somali woman

More than three million Somalis face severe food shortage.

Extreme weather conditions and ongoing conflict have brought Somalia to the brink of collapse. Women in Somalia face the second highest risk of maternal death in the world and babies are at the highest risk of dying on the day they are born. 1 in 7 children are acutely malnourished while just 30% of the population has access to clean drinking water and fewer than 1 in 4 have access to adequate sanitation facilities.

CARE has an emergency and development programme in north and south Somalia which focuses on supporting internally displaced people and vulnerable host populations in three main areas: food security, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, and nutrition. We've directly helped over 69,000 people so far.

Central African Republic

Refugee children from CAR eating together at one of CARE’s child-friendly spaces in Dosseye refugee camp, Southern Chad
Refugee children from CAR eating together at one of CARE’s child-friendly spaces in Dosseye refugee camp, Southern Chad

The conflict in CAR has displaced 900,000 civilians.

The political crisis and subsequent conflict has affected nearly the entire population and has left over half of it (over 2.5 million people) in dire need of assistance. Over 450,000 people have fled the country with almost as many internally displaced. 

CARE is supporting refugees who have fled into neighbouring Cameroon and Chad where we are constructing safe water points and latrines as well as providing psychosocial support.