Crisis watch


17 Sept 2018


Flooded fields following Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines
Flooded fields in Cagayan province. Photo taken by Jerome Lanit, CARE Philippines Emergency Coordinator.

CARE’s emergency teams are currently assessing the damage and needs in the areas of Cagayan province most severely hit by Typhoon Mangkhut. About 80-90% of unharvested crops, for both rice and corn, have been observed to be destroyed in all municipalities assessed. Farmers and their families will need livelihoods assistance. There will be an immediate need for food, water, dry clothes and shelter repair materials. The team noted that in evacuation centres, women are the ones preparing food and taking care of their children while few men are present. 

CARE is conducting the needs assessment with partners Cagayan Valley Disaster Response Center, Citizens Disaster Response Center, and Oxfam Philippines.

14 Sept 2018


Over 10,000 families in the northern part of the Philippines have already evacuated as Typhoon Mangkhut moves closer to land, with estimated landfall early on Saturday 15 September. An estimated 5 million people will be affected who are mostly farmers and fisherfolks.

CARE's assessment team is already in the province of Cagayan and is joined by our national partners on the ground. The team has some shelter repair items with them (ropes, roof sealants, duct tapes) for immediate assistance as needed. They also have supplies of water, food and satellite phones with them.

14 Sept 2018


An increase in airstrikes in Hodeidah is instilling fear and terror in residents, and could have a disastrous impact on the port of Hodeidah, a vital life-line for supplies into Yemen for the 22 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Transportation is already being affected: the main road linking Hodeidah and the capital Sana’a has been closed for several days, with trucks carrying food forced to take different routes across the country. Johan Mooij, CARE International Country Director in Yemen, said:

Besides more displacement, there is again a real danger that the port could be closed. There is currently only enough food in Yemen to sustain the population for two to three months, and it is the most vulnerable – especially women and children – who will be hit the hardest.

Since the escalation of the conflict in 2016, CARE Yemen has so far assisted more than 2 million people (9% of the total affected population) mainly through water, sanitation and hygiene, and food security support.

13 Sept 2018

Venezuelan refugees

Restrictions on movements across borders imposed by neighbouring countries means many women, men and children attempting to leave Venezuela are trapped between borders in dire conditions, sleeping rough in makeshift shelters with no access to health services or other support.

More than 500,000 Venezuelans have sought refuge in Ecuador, where CARE is providing psychosocial support, legal advice, blankets and hygiene kits to women and families in informal shelters in Quito. We hope to create safe spaces for women and girls who have survived violence and sexual abuse. 

12 Sept 2018


CARE is ready to respond to the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. The typhoon is on course to hit Northern Luzon towards the end of this week, with flooding, storm surges, landslides, and wind damage anticipated. David Gazashvili, CARE Philippines Country Director, said:

This is very unfortunate for the people of Northern Luzon who experienced the wrath of relatively strong typhoons since 2016. Our teams would be ready to make rapid assessments. We are ready to respond if needed.