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
24 April 2019

Mozambique

A storm brewing in the Indian Ocean may form another tropical cyclone and strike Mozambique causing further destruction. Marc Nosbach, CARE Mozambique's country director, said:

At least 700,000 people are at risk within the region of Cabo Delgado if this storm makes landfall as forecasted. Aside from storm damage, the greatest risk will immediately be from flooding due to heavy rains.

He notes that our emergency response teams are already stretched responding to Cyclone Idai:

Responding to another disaster in Mozambique without more resources will be very difficult. Nonetheless, CARE and our COSACA consortium partners are deploying an assessment team to areas likely to be affected by the coming cyclone and can support distribution of dwindling pre-positioned stocks.

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23 April 2019

Turkey

Turkey is home to the largest refugee population in the world - over 4 million refugees, of whom 3.6 million are Syrian registered refugees. CARE Turkey has a permanent registration to assist refugees in four provinces in the south-east (Gaziantep, Hatay, Urfa and Kilis) which host the largest concentration of refugees. From July 2018 to March 2019, CARE Turkey assisted 145,368 individuals (68,038 are women and girls). Refugees in this large-scale and long-running crisis require a wide range of assistance, including protection, education, health, legal, shelter and livelihood services.

16 April 2019

Yemen

The rainy season has started a month earlier than expected, and several governorates are seeing a rapid increase in cholera cases - most worryingly in Hajjah, which is also experiencing heavy fighting and resulting high levels of displacement. The current cholera outbreak in Yemen has come at a time when the country’s institutions responsible for the delivery of health care, water and sanitation are on the verge of collapse. Due to over four years of escalated conflict, only half of health facilities in the country are functioning, and almost 18 million people lack access to clean water and sanitation, with almost 20 million lacking access to health services. Critical medicines are not easily available across most parts of the country, and due to a lack of consistent salary payments, health workers are unable to effectively deliver services.

CARE is responding to the cholera outbreak in Yemen through a combination of direct assistance and activities aimed at preventing further spread of the disease. We are currently working in 25 districts across 8 governorates and our response includes distribution of aquatabs, treatment of water sources and household water points, and the distribution of hygiene and cholera kits. CARE is also working with local communities and community health volunteers to conduct hygiene awareness sessions as well as supporting solid waste disposal in public spaces including markets.

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15 April 2019

Cyclone Idai - Mozambique update

CARE has so far directly assisted more than 24,000 people in Mozambique, through a range of activities including:

  • food distributions to communities in Dondo, Sofala Province (at 18 locations in five Unidades of Bairro Samora Machel, Dondo)
  • registration of 2,536 households (12,649 individuals) in Guara Guara, Buzi, Sofala for upcoming food distributions
  • providing 221 tents to Metuchira (Nhamatanda district, Sofala province) to allow displaced families to move out of overcrowded accommodation centres
  • supplying and/or erecting large tents to serve as temporary classrooms
  • conducting a Rapid Gender Analysis in Beira (Ifapa, San Pedro) and Metuchira to identify the specific needs of women, girls, men and boys
  • the WASH team continued to coordinate activities with other organisations; hygiene, family, latrine as well as menstrual hygiene kits are being prepared for distribution.

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12 April 2019

Cyclone Idai - Malawi update

Flood waters have generally receded but approximately 70% of the affected population (868, 900 people) are still in camps. An inter-agency assessment in several districts has found that protection services are minimal in the displacement sites, making women and children more vulnerable to abuse; water and sanitation services are critically low; the government and NGOs are providing food and distributing non-food items, but the supplies are inadequate.

So far CARE Malawi has reached nearly 29,000 affected people through WASH, shelter and food assistance. The CARE team have rehabilitated and chlorinated 4 boreholes in the community where cholera cases were reported and another 6 boreholes around the camps. The team will shortly start a verification exercise, for seeds and shelter kits distribution, in the villages where these inputs will be distributed.

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