Crisis watch


7 Sept 2018


Three camps for internally displaced people in Maiduguri, Borno State, northeast Nigeria, are the epicentre of an outbreak of cholera which has so far seen 380 reported cases and 14 deaths. CARE Nigeria is part of the humanitarian Health cluster (a working group of government, UN and humanitarian organisations) which is preparing a response plan.

7 Sept 2018


CARE and seven other organisations are warning of a humanitarian catastrophe if there is a major escalation of military action in Idlib in north-west Syria. Jumana, who was displaced to Idlib from Hama, told our local partner @SyriaRelief:

We fear an attack on Idlib and that we will be forced to flee again. How will we find another shelter? Will we be able to cross the border? What if there is a chemical attack? We are not prepared for any of this.

Read more in our press release Aid agencies call on world powers to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib.

5 Sept 2018


Drought conditions and below-average rainfall in northern Afghanistan has led to severe crop losses and impacts on livestock. The majority (70%) of the population in affected rural areas depend upon agriculture and livestock for their livelihood. An estimated 1.3 million people are in need of assistance, with 150,000 people already leaving their homes to seek assistance. CARE will be responding with shelter and hygiene kits in seven provinces, and multi-purpose cash support for 4,100 households (24,600 people) in Balkh and Samangan provinces.

5 Sept 2018


Kerala has witnessed its worst flooding in more than 100 years, with over 850,000 people affected. Floods and landslides have led to the destruction of houses, homestead land, standing crops, plantations and agricultural plots. People are sheltering in schools, community halls and temporary camps, where sanitation facilities are limited and drinking water sources are contaminated.

CARE India has sent staff to support the Rapid Needs Assessment and the Rapid Gender Analysis in Wayanad and Calicut. It has moved stocks from nearby locations and started distributions of shelter and hygiene kits, assisting 3,315 people to date.

4 Sept 2018


Scene at Coxs Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh
A view of one of the refugee camps at Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh

One year on from the arrival of the first refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh, CARE has so far assisted 315,344 refugees through shelter and site management, health, gender-based violence, and water, sanitation and hygiene activities. This represents 45% of the refugee population in Cox's Bazar.

As the country enters the next round of the cyclone season from mid-October onwards, CARE has begun construction of 100 mid-term shelters (better designed, stronger, safer and more durable structures for families to live in) for people being relocated from high risk areas, and we are seeking to secure an allocation by Bangladesh authorities of additional land to construct 1,500 more mid-term shelters.