Crisis watch

21 Sept 2017

Lake Chad region

According to the United Nations (OCHA), 17 million people are affected by this regional crisis in which conflict and insecurity has destroyed lives and livelihoods and forced millions to flee their homes. The majority of the displaced are sheltered by communities who are among the poorest in the world. Across the region, one in three families is food insecure, and malnutrition rates have reached critical levels. One in every two people needs urgent humanitarian assistance. The situation has been further exacerbated by recent floods due to heavy rains during July and August, which displaced a further 250,000  people in Nigeria and 82,000 in Niger; and a cholera outbreak in northeastern Nigeria.

CARE is providing assistance in Cameroon (water, sanitation and hygiene support to 90,000 people); Chad (food, livelihoods and WASH support to 67,000 people); Niger (food, livelihoods, WASH and protection support to 256,000 people); and Nigeria, where a new programme will provide sexual and reproductive health services (including family planning and maternal health services) targeting 136,000 women and girls.

20 Sept 2017

Mexico earthquake

More than 200 people are reported to have died after a strong earthquake struck central Mexico, causing huge damage to buildings in Mexico City and surrounding regions. CARE has previously worked in Mexico, most recently in 2015-16 when we supported programme delivery through strategic partnerships, but we do not currently have a presence in Mexico. CARE International will be monitoring the level of humanitarian need following the earthquake, and our thoughts are with the survivors and the families of those affected.

20 Sept 2017

Hurricane Maria

CARE emergency teams in Haiti are preparing to respond in areas potentially affected by Hurricane Maria, which is projected to pass northeast of Haiti but could still cause significant damage in the country’s north. CARE is readying clean drinking water, food and emergency supplies such as tarps for shelter.

Some areas of the country are extremely vulnerable to flash flooding and mudslides, in addition to the potential damage caused by heavy winds and rains during the hurricane. The populations most likely to be affected are those who live in coastal zones, low-lying and flood-prone areas, and mountainous areas. Most at risk in those areas are those who live in poorly-constructed housing and those who are already living in situations of severe poverty and vulnerability.

18 Sept 2017

Refugee crisis in Bangladesh

In the past three weeks, more than 400,000 people from Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh after an escalation of violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State. Most of the refugees (around 80 percent) are women, children and small babies. Zia Choudhury, CARE Bangladesh’s Country Director, says:

The situation of the refugees is worsening by the minute. They came to Bangladesh with nothing but the clothes they were wearing. They walked for long distances for days to reach safety.

CARE Bangladesh’s emergency team is distributing food in Cox’s Bazar district, where most refugees have sought shelter. CARE has worked in Cox’s Bazar for many years, helping people in the areas of food security, disaster risk reduction, women’s empowerment and emergency response.

The Government of Bangladesh and local authorities are working hard to meet the needs of the refugees. Local Bangladeshi families, with few resources themselves, are taking in the refugees and have been supporting them however they can. But the scale of this crisis means that much more help is needed. Choudhury says:

In Cox’s Bazar, close to the Myanmar border, families are sleeping in fields and on muddy paths. They have nowhere else to go. The people who have fled Rakhine State are in desperate need of clean drinking water, food, medical help and a safe place to sleep.

CARE is also concerned that the ongoing rains will further worsen the situation. Choudhury says: “People will need to build more stable shelter as soon as possible. They will need strong tarpaulin, bamboo and rope to remain safe during the rains.”

15 Sept 2017

Hurricane Irma

People outside damaged house
People outside a damaged house in Caibarien, Villa Clara, Cuba

CARE’s assessment teams in Cuba report that some communities are still completely cut off. In some communities along the north coast at least half the homes have been partially or totally destroyed. High winds have blown off roofs while flooding washed away personal possessions and household contents. Power and telephone lines are down and schools, fields, buildings and key infrastructure have been impacted.

“The extent of the damage is becoming more and more alarming,” says Richard Paterson, CARE’s country representative in Cuba. “Extended electrical outages are beginning to affect people’s access to clean drinking water and food.”

CARE and local partners are preparing to support the Cuban government’s relief and recovery efforts with emergency programming initially targeting 20,000 people in the provinces of Villa Clara, Camaguey and Holguin. CARE will focus on clean water, hygiene and sanitation support and also look to help people with shelter assistance to repair damaged homes.

Read more: Hurricane Irma survivors: “Everything is beneath rubble”

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Pre-August 2017 updates

DRC: 27 July 2017

CARE is preparing to launch an emergency programme to deliver support on sexual and reproductive health rights and gender-based violence to people affected by conflict in the Kasai regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). During CARE’s recent assessment, 100% of focus groups and individual interviewees reported cases of rape. The crisis, which started in Kasai Central in August 2016, has now spread to Kasai and Kasai Oriental Provinces. Since the beginning of the conflict, 1.4 million people have been displaced both within the three Kasai Provinces but also into neighbouring provinces. The crisis in Kasai has generated enormous humanitarian needs across all sectors, including food, water, shelter, as well as health and protection.

Nigeria: 9 July 2017

CARE is establishing a country team in Nigeria to deliver emergency food and health assistance. The conflict in north-east Nigeria has resulted in the forced displacement of over 2 million people, acute food insecurity and nutrition concerns, and serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. The food security and nutrition situation in the region is deteriorating, with malnutrition rates reaching critical levels. More than 50,000 people could experience famine-like conditions across the north-east from June to August. Humanitarian agencies, including CARE, are seeking to help nearly 7 million women, children and men who are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Lake Chad region: 6 July 2017

Crisis map and stats for Lake Chad region July 2017

Across the region, over seven million people - one in three families - is food insecure, and malnutrition rates have reached critical levels, particularly in the north east of Nigeria. For many of the displaced, there is no choice. Faced with a lack of resources among host communities and displacement sites, many people are returning home to devastated villages, without infrastructure or basic services. Reaching people in need remains one of the main challenges for humanitarian actors because of high levels of insecurity and restricted access. Many areas in Cameroon, Chad and Niger are out of reach. CARE is beginning operations in Nigera and has already reached almost 400,000 people in Cameroon, Chad and Niger with life-saving food, shelter, water, farming supplies, household and cooking items as well as hygiene kits.

Myanmar: 7 June 2017   

CARE is distributing hygiene and shelter kits to people in Maungdaw in Rakhine state, following Cyclone Mora which brought strong winds and heavy rainfall, leading to damage to homes and flooding. An estimated 45,000 people have been affected by the cyclone.

Sri Lanka: 1 June 2017

Flash floods and landslides in south-western Sri Lanka have affected over 600,000 people, with more than 73,000 displaced from their homes. CARE is liaising with local partners with the aim of
providing humanitarian assistance in the form of early recovery assistance and longer term restoration of livelihoods to people in affected areas.

Lake Chad region: 23 May 2017

Ongoing conflict in the Lake Chad region of Africa means an additional two million people will face critical food insecurity over the coming three months in Nigeria, bringing the number of people going to bed hungry each night to nearly nine million. By June 2017, says Garth Van’t Hul, interim CARE Country Director in Nigeria, “about 50,000 people in three states of Nigeria will be in famine conditions and will starve without urgent humanitarian support”. So far, CARE has helped 53,000 people in Cameroon, 47,000 people in Chad and more than 250,000 people in Niger with life-saving food, shelter, water, and other emergency supplies. CARE has started operating in Nigeria, where we are aiming to reach 900,000 people with life-saving food and livelihood assistance, sexual and reproductive health services as well as supporting women affected by gender-based violence.

Democratic Republic of Congo: 15 May 2017

More than 100,000 people are reported to have fled their homes in the Kasai region in the last week, due to ongoing conflict and violence - bringing the total number of internally displaced people in the Kasai to nearly 1.3 million. People are either fleeing into rural areas, or grouping together to create informal camps in schools and other locations. It is also reported (by the UN) that serious violence is being perpetrated against civilians. CARE's current programmes are based in Northern and Central Kivu where we are providing gender-based violence protection, water and sanitation, and food security and livelihoods support. We are now working with international and local humanitarian partners seeking to respond to the growing humanitarian needs in the Kasai.

Mali: 3 May 2017

Political instability and conflict that began in 2012, combined with persistent drought, mean that 20% of the population - nearly 4 million people - are food insecure, of whom more than half a million people are severely food insecure. CARE is working with local partners to provide cash assistance through an electronic system to enable funds to be securely transferred to people in need.

Mozambique: 28 April 2017

A young man carrying a sack of food
People in Inhambane province, Mozambique, following a CARE food distribution funded by UK aid

The failure of two consecutive rain seasons has left more than 2 million people in Mozambique reliant on food aid. With UK aid funding, CARE is providing food vouchers, enriched porridge for children, as well as seeds and tools to enable people to grow their own food.

Mozambique: 18 April 2017

Children in a temporary classroom in Mozambique
Lessons continue thanks to CARE at Escola Primária e Completa de Inhaoua in Morrumbene district

When Cyclone Dineo hit Inhambane province on 15 February approximately 1,600 classrooms were damaged or destroyed. CARE is building temporary classrooms and repairing damaged roofs, enabling around 4,500 students to continue their education.

Temporary classrooms in Mozambique

Peru: 12 April 2017

Poeple in Piura, Peru, with CARE hygiene kits
People in Piura with CARE hygiene kits

Following the floods in Piura, many vulnerable families are living in tents and other makeshift accommodation. CARE has been distributing hygiene and water purification kits.

Nigeria: 10 April 2017

Prolonged insecurity and conflict in North-East Nigeria has had a devastating impact on food and nutrition security, with more than 5 million people facing food crisis. Until now CARE has not operated in Nigeria but we have undertaken an assessment of humanitarian needs on the ground, and are actively considering with potential partners how we can contribute to an emergency response in the region.

Timor-Leste: 4 April 2017

Around 120,000 people in eastern areas of the country are facing food and water shortages – with significant increases in malnutrition among children – owing to last year’s extended drought, as a result of which they have been unable to replenish their crops, livestock and livelihoods. CARE Timor-Leste is actively lobbying with government, UN and donors for resourcing and partnerships to enable support to reach affected areas.

Peru: 24 March 2017

A woman in a flooded house in Peru
A woman in a flooded community kitchen in Piura, Peru

Intense rainfall in Peru has caused flash floods, landslides and river overflows, leading to significant damage and risks to public health. An estimated 450,000 people are affected. CARE will be distributing 8,000 family hygiene kits and has teams operating in Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad and Tumbes who are developing Zika prevention programmes and activities.

Madagascar: 15 March 2017

Cyclone-damaged house in Madagascar
A cyclone-damaged house in Antalaha, Madagascar

Tropical cyclone Enawo has led to a reported 81 deaths, with over 40,000 homes destroyed or damaged. CARE is distributing emergency food and shelter kits, and will be carrying out food-for-work programming and providing unconditional cash grants to help people recover.

Mozambique: 27 February 2017

CARE staff distributing emergency kits in Mozambique
CARE staff distributing emergency kits in the district of Massinga, Mozambique

In the aftermath of Cyclone Dineo, CARE is working with the government to assist communities by providing emergency household items such as tarpaulins, blankets, buckets, ground sheets and mosquito nets.

Tanzania: 22 February 2017

Drought is affecting more than a million people, with poor households struggling to cope with declining access to food and income and huge increases in prices for basic food supplies. CARE is undertaking a needs assessment.

Lake Chad Basin: 20 February 2017

People at a refugee camp in Chad
People at Darnaime refugee camp in Chad

Widespread violence in northeast Nigeria and neighbouring countries has caused massive population movements in the four Lake Chad Basin countries. CARE has on-going responses in affected areas of Niger, Chad and Cameroon and is setting up a presence in northern Nigeria.

  • Chad: CARE has so far assisted nearly 48,000 displaced people and host communities affected by the Boko Haram conflict. 300,000 people are food insecure, with more than half of them experiencing severe food insecurity and 22,000 children under 5 suffering from acute malnutrition.
  • Niger: The situation remains volatile with around 280,000 internally displaced people, returnees and refugees in the arid Diffa region. CARE has so far assisted 205,000 people with food, nutrition, water, sanitation, shelter and protection support.
  • Cameroon: Nearly 200,000 people have fled from their villages in the border area after brutal attacks by armed groups. Food and health are among the main needs.

Mozambique: 16 February 2017

A woman beside her cyclone-damaged house
This woman in Morrembene district, Mozambique, told CARE: "I do not have anywhere to sleep. I do not have food, water, clothes."

Cyclone Dineo caused extensive damage in Inhambane province, where 40 per cent of the population were already requiring urgent food assistance as a result of drought. CARE Mozambique Country Director Mark Nosbach said:

With so much damage to homes, CARE is mobilising emergency kits that will help people in these communities with temporary shelter. Many of our kits were prepositioned in the area because of the drought but we’re likely to need a great many more.

Northern Iraq: 16 February 2017

Lorry delivering supplies to warehouse in Iraq
CARE staff unload relief supplies into our warehouse for distribution to people displaced from Mosul

An estimated 13 million people are affected by this complex and growing humanitarian crisis, with 10 million in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. CARE has so far assisted more than 60,000 people with water, sanitation, shelter and protection support (Mosul and Dohuk) and health support (Zumaar).

At least 160,000 people have been displaced from their homes by the Mosul conflict. CARE is coordinating with local partners to support people fleeing the fighting.

Somalia: 14 February 2017

People walking across arid scrubland
Drought-affected communities in Sanaag region, Somaliland, walk long distances in search of water and pasture

A severe food crisis – and potentially a famine – is unfolding in parts of Somalia. Raheel Nazir Chaudhary, CARE’s Country Director in Somalia, says:

We are observing the same warning signs that preceded the famine in Somalia six years ago.

Consecutive droughts over the last two years, exacerbated by one of the strongest El Niño events ever recorded, have completely depleted people’s food supplies and killed their livestock. More than 6 million people – over half the entire population of the country – are in urgent need of food and water assistance.

Read more: “We have to act now to prevent the worst”

Mali: 6 February 2017

Following droughts and then flooding, around 3 million people in Gao river belt, Timbuktu and Mopti regions are categorised as IPC (Integrated Food Security Classification) Phase 2 stressed – meaning they are barely managing to meet their minimum food needs. CARE has so far distributed food and cash vouchers to 55,000 people.

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