Crisis watch

Training on handwashing and social distancing in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps in Bangladesh
30 July 2020

Yemen – floods affecting IDP camps

Motorbike and lorry on flooded road, Yemen
A scene from Tehama in Hodeidah governorate, July 2020

During the month of July, heavy rains and storms have affected various parts of Yemen. These have worsened the already fragile conditions in camps for internally displaced people which had already been badly affected by floods in April.

In Marib governorate, nearly 20,000 people – the majority in IDP camps – are affected. In Hajjah governorate, the rains affected households in the valleys and the makeshift shelters used by internally displaced people. There are 12 different camps for internally displaced people in the areas currently affected by flooding.

The ongoing rains and flooding will encourage the spread of cholera amidst the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, with limited resources from government to intervene. The government is appealing to the UN and INGOs for support in Marib and Hajjah governorates.

CARE plans to help with immediate cash assistance, key relief items such as buckets and blankets to some 2,000 households as well as trucking clean water to around 4,000 households affected by flooding. CARE Yemen is seeking further funding to help tens of thousands of people in the coming days.

Aaron Brent, Country Director for CARE in Yemen, says:

It is getting hard to count all the multiple challenges and disasters facing Yemen right now. Not only have lives and homes been lost, but also precious crops and livelihoods. Traditionally agriculture has been a mainstay of the Yemeni economy, and with looming hunger facing some 20 million people, this is a new blow that will be hard for the Yemeni people to survive.

24 July 2020

Nepal – floods and landslides; COVID-19 response

Since the beginning of July, continuous rainfall has resulted in flooding and landslides in several provinces of Nepal. More than 100 people have died, and thousands of families are displaced. The flooding has also caused damage to infrastructure, crops and livestock. The immediate relief needs include food for the displaced, clean drinking water, temporary shelter, hygiene and dignity kits, and protection.

CARE currently implements a Nepal Emergency Response Frame stockpile in partnership with DFID and began distributing relief materials to affected people from mid-July.

Find out more about how CARE Nepal is continuing to help people respond to the coronavirus pandemic, in this infographic (PDF, 5MB):

CARE Nepal Covid-19 response program - infographic (July 2020)

23 July 2020

Bangladesh – monsoon floods

Heavy monsoon rain and water from upstream sources has caused slow-onset severe flooding in low-lying areas of northern Bangladesh. An estimated 2.4 million people are affected, with more than 548,000 families losing their homes.

CARE Bangladesh took prompt action to support vulnerable communities to reduce their loss and damage before the flood waters peak. Amongst other initiatives, CARE distributed 2,700 dignity kits to flood-affected women and girls of reproductive age and the transgender community in Kurigram and Gaibandha districts between 13-15 July. This rapid early action provided these vulnerable communities with means to look after and help protect themselves from COVID-19 even if they are forced to temporarily leave their homes.

Overall, CARE Bangladesh aims to reach 255,500 people with WASH, Shelter, Protection, Food Security, Emergency communications and early recovery activities, working with partners.

22 July 2020

Somalia – COVID-19

CARE is warning that stigma around COVID-19 is stopping Somalis from seeking medical treatment and thwarting efforts in Somalia and Somaliland to stop the spread of the virus. Amran Shire, CARE Somalia/Somaliland’s Humanitarian Programme Manager, said:

I’ve heard of patients who’ve disappeared from their communities after testing positive and many others who are now afraid of visiting health centres because they fear being shunned if they test positive. In turn, this has made contact tracing nearly impossible.

People suspected or known to have COVID-19 have reported being cut off by the community, of being unable to access essential services such as water, food and health care, and of having no support.

2 July 2020

Women in the COVID-19 crisis

As of 1 July 2020, CARE has published 27 COVID-19 Rapid Gender Analyses and has 24 additional COVID-19 RGAs in process. Three months after our first Global Rapid Gender Analysis for COVID-19, we have published an updated global analysis, based on context-specific analyses in 5 regions covering 64 countries. This has included conversations and data collection with more than 4,500 women. This new analysis confirms the initial findings and predictions of the first analysis, and reveals new areas of high priority for women and girls — and for men and boys — as the crisis deepens.

Our recent research reveals:

  • The highest immediate priorities 3 months into the crisis are food, income, and rights — including concerns around gender-based violence, caregiving burdens, and mobility. Women and girls show these needs most acutely, but they also rise to the top of men and boys’ priorities in COVID-19.
  • Women’s burdens are increasing. As frontline workers in the health system, as survivors of gender-based violence, as the people primarily responsible for food, cleaning, and childcare (especially with schools closed), women confirm that their burdens are rising, and so is the stress around them.
  • Women are displaying remarkable leadership, but are still unable to access most decision-making, around COVID-19 and around daily life. They are also quickly approaching the end of their safety nets.

In this context, the new analysis provides updated recommendations to focus on lessening the immediate impact on women and providing the chance to build back equal.

Read the new analysis on the CARE Insights website: Evolving trends: Women in COVID-19