The food security and nutrition situation remains very critical in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. Across the region, one in three families is food insecure, and one in every two people needs urgent humanitarian assistance. In the affected areas the insecurity and conflict has disrupted livelihoods and agricultural production, and the number of displaced people in the region has now reached 2.4 million.
CARE’s response includes rehabilitating boreholes, hygiene kit distribution, and cash for work programmes in Cameroon; cash for work, distribution of seeds and agricultural inputs, hygiene kit distribution, and cash for shelter, in Chad; and multiple interventions in the Diffa region of Niger, including cash assistance, water/hygiene support, and gender-based violence protection. A project to provide sexual, reproductive and maternal health support in Maiduguri, Jere and Konduga in Nigeria is due to start in late August 2017.
CARE is on the ground in Nepal, India and Bangladesh assisting people affected by massive floods. Read our press statement for more details.
In Bangladesh, where CARE teams are preparing for a large-scale emergency, CARE’s Zia Choudhury said:
The country’s situation is unprecedented, perhaps the worst in over 100 years.
In India, heavy rains have triggered massive floods in several states. CARE’s Ravikant Upadhyay, who is leading teams supporting people in Assam with dignity and hygiene kits, said: “The situation in the villages is extremely grim. Embankment of rivers in many areas have been breached forcing families to stay in extremely unhygienic conditions.”
In Nepal, CARE teams have started to distribute relief supplies and will be reaching over 5,600 people in the coming days with critical food, household items, shelter materials and supplies for mothers of new-born babies in the coming days. Binod Chaudhary, a 32-year-old man from Kailali district, said:
We were neck deep in the water in our village and we have not much to eat at the moment. We can resist hunger but our children cannot.
Read more from Binod and other people affected by the floods in Nepal.
CARE is continuing to assist people affected by the mudslide and flooding in Sierra Leone, including distributing relief items to families in Kamayama, Freetown:
CARE Sierra Leone sent the following update:
“We are delighted to report that we managed to reach 180 affected people (30 households) with relief items (foodstuffs, clothes, househould items, etc).
It was emotional as people in Kamayama had spent days without assistance. One woman could not stop but shed tears when she spotted a CARE truck with relief items.
“While at the site, we were called by local authorities of other affected sites as the affected people in those areas are in dire need of assistance. We plan to distribute relief items to a further 220 households tomorrow.”
Read more on our East Africa Crisis page