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
23 August 2019

Bangladesh – monsoon floods

Water levels in Bangladesh’s two major river systems (Jamuna and Tista) have reached their highest level in 100 years. Floods have affected 7.6 million people in 28 districts, with 536,000 houses fully or partially damaged, and over 300,000 people displaced from their homes. An estimated 5 million people are at high risk of water-borne diseases. As the monsoon period continues until October, people in affected regions are likely to continue experiencing heavy rain and flooding.

CARE is operating in three of the most heavily affected districts (Kurigram, Jamalpur,and Gaibandha). We have already reached 1,122 people with multi-purpose cash assistance (i.e. they can decide how to use the money to help meet their immediate needs). We plan to reach 6,600 households (or 20,300 individuals) through shelter, WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene), food security, livelihoods, and protection support.

14 August 2019

Myanmar – monsoon floods

Boy on a raft beside houses after floods in Myanmar

Monsoon rains and overflowing rivers have triggered seasonal floods in eight states and regions of Myanmar. Since early July, monsoon floods and landslides have displaced more than 86,000 people, with more heavy rain forecast for the coming days.

CARE Myanmar is responding through local partners, providing household kit items to people in evacuation centres in current project sites, with a plan to support 1,800 households.

9 August 2019

Mozambique – Cyclones Idai and Kenneth

Humanitarian agencies are now looking to establish a long-term presence as the country is about to face its worst food crisis since the 2015/16 drought. More than 400,000 households had their land and crops partially or totally destroyed by  Cyclones Idai and Kenneth.

These are not the only climate-related disasters to have hit the country. Drought and floods over the last 12 months have also taken their toll, and the impact of 2019’s El Niño is already being felt. More than 15 million people, half the population of Mozambique, are currently susceptible to climate-related shocks.

More funding is urgently needed for emergency food assistance and support to help affected women, men and children to rebuild their lives.

CARE has so far assisted more than 200,000 people affected by the cyclones in Mozambique. Recent initiatives include the start of a multi-sectoral response (WASH, Shelter, Reconstruction/Education and Protection) in the areas of Nhamatanda, Buzi and Dondo with funding from UK aid (Department for International Development). Following an assessment of livelihoods conditions in Chibabava district, seeds and inputs are being provided to 400 households in Goonda (with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) ahead of the coming planting season.

8 August 2019

Philippines – dengue fever

An epidemic of dengue fever has been declared in the Philippines after more than 600 deaths and over 146,000 cases so far this year. As the start of the rainy season increases the risks from this mosquito-born disease, CARE Philippines Country Director David Gazashvili says:

We are concerned about the exposure to dengue-infected mosquitoes of the internally displaced people in our project areas especially those who live in tents and temporary shelters.

CARE will be providing “dengue prevention kits” composed of insect repellent lotion and mosquito nets to be distributed in the camps. CARE and its partners will also conduct awareness raising activities during distributions and will support the Department of Health’s “Deng-get-out!”, a vector control programme which aims to search and destroy mosquito breeding sites.

5 August 2019

Venezuela regional crisis

More than 4.5 million Venezuelans have so far fled to neighbouring countries due to ongoing hunger, violence and economic collapse, with those remaining facing chronic food insecurity and shortages of basic commodities. CARE and our partners have assisted 2,668 people in Venezuela through protection, food security, WASH and health activities; 930 people in Colombia through the provision of food, WASH and protection-related services; 12,708 people in Ecuador through food distribution, WASH and protection activities; and 4,767 people in Peru through protection, food security, shelter, health and livelihoods activities.

A protection monitoring report by the UN refuge agency UNHCR indicates that many Venezuelans are reporting risks from begging, child labour and survival sex, and difficulties finding housing due to their irregular status and discrimination. More than two-thirds of Venezuelans interviewed on the Peru-Chile border reported turning to humanitarian aid to help meet their basic needs.