CARE continues to respond to the crisis in the Lake Chad Basin, and so far we have assisted 7% of the total population in need of humanitarian assistance in Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria - reaching a total of more than 700,000 people with food, water, shelter, livelihoods, sexual and reproductive health support, and gender and protection support.
Cyclone Gita, a category 4 cyclone, caused catastrophic damage to homes, farms and businesses. Many families are in urgent need of shelter, food, water and medical supplies. CARE is working with local partners to deliver shelter kits.
For the first time since the beginning of the Iraqi crisis, the International Organisation for Migration has reported that the number of people returning to their areas of origin (3.2 million) has surpassed the number of people displaced (2.6 million) in the country. Limited livelihood options and lack of basic services remain a concern for families returning to their places of origin, while camps for internally displaced people continue to receive arrivals from areas of fighting. To date CARE has reached 274,000 with water, sanitation and hygiene support; shelter; sexual, reproductive and maternal health support; and multipurpose cash distributions.
The Pariang Hospital managed by CARE with the support of UNHCR and Health Pooled Fund was recently upgraded to state hospital. CARE doctors have successfully recorded 1,000 surgical operations. The Pariang Hospital serves as the main referral point for three refugee camps and host communities of Ruweng State. Read more about the South Sudan crisis.
CARE is warning that the imminent rainy season threatens hundreds of thousands of refugees who are living in makeshift camps in areas that were cleared for the construction of temporary shelters. CARE is warning that many of these areas are now extremely vulnerable to floods and landslides. Zia Choudhury, CARE Bangladesh’s Country Director, said:
We are running out of time. Our CARE team on the ground is working rapidly to stabilise as many houses as possible.
So far, CARE has reached nearly 50,000 people with emergency shelter support, including the distribution of tarpaulins and bamboo pipes as well as hands-on training for refugees to stabilise makeshift tents and prepare for the upcoming rainy season.