Crisis watch

Nauris cries while comforting her 4-year-old daughter, who has been suffering from diarrhoea. Nauris and her family have been living in this tent after their house, in Balumtuma village, Donggala, was destroyed by the earthquake that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on 28 September 2018.


1 Oct 2018

Indonesia earthquake and tsunami

Earthquake and tsunami debris in a street Indonesia
Debris in a street in Sulawesi after the earthquake and tsunami (photo taken by former CARE staff member)

The government of Indonesia has declared a state of national emergency following the earthquake and tsunami on Sulawesi, and has issued a formal request for international assistance. CARE is preparing a needs assessment in order to target assistance at those most affected. Sukmawati - a former CARE staff member living in the area, whose brother was killed by the earthquake - told us:

Drinking water and shelter is very limited and we are having to fend for ourselves. When it rained yesterday we had to move to a nearby building to take cover and others slept outside.

CARE Indonesia Country Director Helen Vanwel said:

We are shocked by the number of people that have perished, and we fear this number will get much worse. We now need to focus on how we can help survivors. In a natural disaster of this scale, even finding clean water to drink can be a real challenge. In the aftermath of this level of destruction, people’s thoughts turn to sources of income and a home, and these are just some of the areas where organisations like CARE can help provide support.

30 Sept 2018

Indonesia earthquake

Over 800 people have lost their lives and over 16,000 people have had to abandon their homes following the devastating earthquake and the resulting tsunami which hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Although information from the affected area remains scarce, we anticipate these numbers will grow considerably over the coming hours and days.

Reports already suggest that supplies are running out and that we need act fast to ensure we are able to provide the help needed to save lives. The CARE Indonesia team is assessing the situation along with the government and other agencies, and we have already allocated initial funding from our Emergency Response Fund and are preparing to respond.

28 Sept 2018


CARE is closely monitoring the situation in Indonesia and is ready to respond if and when needed, after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Sulawesi today. Wahyu Widayanto, CARE Indonesia’s Emergency Coordinator, said:

Whilst CARE does not work in the affected area, we are monitoring the situation closely and have a team of 10 emergency response specialists ready to respond if needed. We are prepared and able to assist in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene, shelter, sexual and reproductive health support and livelihoods assistance. Our thoughts are currently with all those affected by this terrible event.

20 Sept 2018


A total of 1.4 million people were affected by Typhoon Mangkhut in over 4,200 barangays (villages). CARE’s emergency team visited several municipalities in Cagayan province and provided financial support to partners conducting assessments in Cordillera region. We have provided shelter repair items (ropes, roof sealants, duct tape) to affected families while conducting assessments, and have provided cash support and distributed rice in Itogon.

Many people are concerned about the long-term impact on their livelihoods, including how they will pay debts after their crops were destroyed. One farmer said: “We don’t know how to get back on our feet now that our primary livelihood was damaged.” Another said: “Each family is buried with debts because we borrowed money for land preparation and farming.”

CARE Philippines is coordinating with partner organisations and local authorities on further assistance.

17 Sept 2018


Flooded fields following Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines
Flooded fields in Cagayan province. Photo taken by Jerome Lanit, CARE Philippines Emergency Coordinator.

CARE’s emergency teams are currently assessing the damage and needs in the areas of Cagayan province most severely hit by Typhoon Mangkhut. About 80-90% of unharvested crops, for both rice and corn, have been observed to be destroyed in all municipalities assessed. Farmers and their families will need livelihoods assistance. There will be an immediate need for food, water, dry clothes and shelter repair materials. The team noted that in evacuation centres, women are the ones preparing food and taking care of their children while few men are present. 

CARE is conducting the needs assessment with partners Cagayan Valley Disaster Response Center, Citizens Disaster Response Center, and Oxfam Philippines.