Crisis watch

A woman wades through flood water in the coastal village of Praia Nova, one of the areas near Beira, Mozambique, hardest hit by Cyclone Idai
13 Sept 2017

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane damaged house in Cuba
Hurricane damage to houses in Gibara, Holguin, Cuba

In Cuba, officials have reported significant flooding and waves up to 16 feet in coastal villages. Many of these communities are still under three or four feet of water. As many as 1 million people were evacuated ahead of the storm. Power remains out across the island.

Due to the rudimentary nature of houses in rural and poorer sections of urban areas, hurricanes have the potential to cause major damage to buildings – particularly roofs – and affect available shelter for families. Basic assistance for home reconstruction is urgently needed to ensure safe and secure homes for affected people. CARE’s initial response strategy includes roofing kits (roofing sheets, support structures, fasteners and tools) as well as hygiene necessities and basic household items.

CARE’s teams on the ground in Haiti and Cuba are also concerned about potential secondary effects of the storm, including large-scale population displacement and the threat of waterborne diseases including cholera. In the medium term, major recovery efforts will also be needed to address people’s livelihoods, particularly in the agricultural sector.

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12 Sept 2017

South Asia floods

In Bangladesh, CARE has helped 8,370 people through unconditional cash distribution in two of the worst affected districts, Kurigram and Sirajgonj. In India, we have helped 14,791 people in Assam, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh with food and household items, shelter, and water, sanitation and hygiene support (WASH). In Nepal,  where floods have caused significant damage and loss to housing, animal sheds, food grain stores, and personal household items, CARE has helped 17,961 people with shelter, household items and WASH support, and is piloting some early recovery projects in affected areas.

Read Ishwori’s story – one of the people helped by CARE in Nepal

12 Sept 2017


Villages and fields across Niger have been affected by overflowing rivers and flooding during the peak period of the rainy season. So far 23 people and thousands of livestock have died, household food stocks (stored cereals) have been destroyed, and there is a significant risk of the spread of water-borne diseases. CARE will be responding mainly in Maradi, Tillabéri and Zinder where ongoing projects have sufficient staff and CARE could involve local NGO staff as partners, in coordination with other humanitarian actors and government authorities.

11 Sept 2017

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma has brought severe damage across Cuba, particularly around the north coast of the central provinces. “We knew Irma would be bad. Virtually the entire island has been impacted,” said Richard Paterson, CARE’s country representative in Cuba.

We’re particularly worried about those communities along the northern coast in the central provinces – we fear some of these areas have been left in ruins.

The town of Esmeralda in Camaguey province, for example, has been severely hit with as much as 50% or more homes in some areas destroyed or partially destroyed (meaning homes have lost their roofs).

The impact in Cuba will be larger than last year’s Hurricane Matthew and CARE’s response will initially focus on shelter (roofing kits comprising roofing sheets, support structures, fasteners and tools); water, sanitation and hygiene support; and basic household items. Longer term, we will focus on livelihoods/agriculture support (agricultural production facilities, fields, and plantations have been severely damaged).

In Haiti, CARE has been distributing hot meals in shelters in the North-West (Port-de-Paix Commune) and in the North-East (Fort Liberte and Ouanaminthe Communes). We are collaborating with the Haitian Directorate of Civil Protection, UN agencies and other NGOs to assess people’s needs. Early joint assessment results indicate that Hurricane Irma resulted in flooding, trees falling, and damage to agriculture and infrastructure, particularly in the North-West and North-East Departments.

8 Sept 2017

Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma passed the northern coast of Haiti yesterday, Karl Paul, CARE’s country director in Haiti, said: “The gigantic waves starting to pound our northern shore give us a hint of what is coming.”

One of our greatest concerns is for the very vulnerable families living in rural, mountainous areas. They live in fragile homes and many are so isolated that they may not have gotten word of Irma’s ferocious strength.

Urban areas also are at great risk, Paul said: “People are living in very close quarters, lots of houses are very close together. A Category-5 storm can destroy a house, knock down the walls, the roof, everything. Flooding and mudslides are a serious threat, as is the potential for a contaminated water supply.”

Preparing for Hurricane Irma in Haiti

As well as pre-positioning emergency supplies, CARE has been working through schools, village savings and loan groups, and mother care groups to get important messages to community members to help them prepare. “We’re telling them get to a safe space, don’t send children to school and make sure your animals are safe too,” Paul said.

CARE will continue to coordinate closely with the Haitian government and other partners in order to prepare and implement an appropriate humanitarian response.

CARE is also preparing in Cuba to assist local authorities if required, connecting with local partners and contacting suppliers for emergency aid items if needed.

Read more in our media release