Crisis watch


30 July 2018


A serious eruption of the volcano on Ambae island has led to the compulsory evacuation of all inhabitants (approx. 11,500 people). Evacuated people will be in need of immediate emergency supplies including shelter, food, and non-food items. Up to 8,000 are expected to be permanently resettled on Maewo island, requiring ongoing shelter and livelihoods support. CARE Vanuatu has been supporting emergency responses in the area since volcanic eruptions began in Sept 2017, including coordinating gender and protection support, and deploying a water, sanitation and hygiene officer. Staff are on standby to assist with the response to the latest eruption.

29 July 2018

Cox’s Bazar refugee camps, Bangladesh

A pathway in refugee camp in Bangladesh
A pathway in Potibonia refugee camp laid with sandbags to ensure it remains usable during the monsoon season

Strong winds and heavy rain - including on 25 July the second highest daily rainfall ever recorded in the district - have caused significant damage to shelters and infrastructure throughout the camp, including paths, staircases, railings, bridges, latrines, and wells. In Camp 16, Potibonia, managed by CARE, our site management, shelter, and WASH teams have been working closely with partners to undertake repairs, including placing sandbags to strengthen paths and staircases, clearing drains to decrease waterlogging, constructing new railings and bridges, and fixing damaged lighting.

26 July 2018

South Sudan

South Sudan is facing the highest levels of food insecurity ever experienced in the country, with virtually every community in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. CARE has been prepositioning food supplies; supporting farmers with agricultural inputs to help provide a harvest once rains arrive; expanding our protection services for people at risk of gender-based violence; improving water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in schools, clinics, and at household level. To date we have assisted over 935,000 people with food security, livelihood, nutrition, health, gender protection and GBV interventions.

18 July 2018

Current active and on watch crises

World map showing current emergencies July 2018
Type 4 emergencies are those where more than a million people are in need and there are critical and extensive gaps in emergency provision; Type 2 and Type 1 emergencies are those where less people are affected but where local capacity to respond is overwhelmed and support is therefore needed from international aid agencies like CARE. 
18 July 2018


Conflict between non-state armed groups and security forces in Cameroon has left displaced civilians and their host communities in desperate need of support. To date 160,000 people have been forced to flee their homes. The majority of the displaced families are taking refuge in the forest and are constantly moving to escape clashes. Anne Perrot-Bihina, CARE Cameroon’s Country Director, says:

We are particularly concerned about the situation of women and girls, who are always specifically affected by violent conflicts and who are forced to live unprotected in the rainforest or in degraded urban settings.

CARE’s team in Cameroon is exploring with partners and local NGOs how to best respond to needs for shelter, food, clean water, medical assistance, psychosocial support, and livelihoods recovery.