Crisis watch

Florentine, a young mother in Mozambique, who received assistance from CARE following drought and food shortages
24 August 2017


People queue for emergency cash distribution in Bangladesh
Women queuing for an emergency cash distribution by CARE in Kurigram, Bangladesh

30 districts of Bangladesh have been flooded and 6.9 million people are affected. CARE Bangladesh is the lead of the Needs Assessment Working Group and has coordinated a rapid assessment report. CARE Bangladesh is focusing its response on Kurigram, Jamalpur, and Sirajganj districts with multi-purpose cash grants targeting around 50,000 people.

The first distribution, funded by UK Aid and the START Bangladesh Fund, was in Kurigram district in northern Bangladesh on 24 August. In one day, a total of 500 households received a one-time multi-purpose cash grant of Taka 4,000 (US$50) - meaning they can choose how they spend the money to meet their immediate household needs.

23 August 2017

Sierra Leone

People waiting for an aid distribution
People gathering for a distribution of relief items by CARE at the Don Bosco Centre

CARE is continuing to distribute relief items such as clothing, hygiene supplies, household items, blankets and food, including to women and children who have gathered at the Don Bosco Centre in Freetown, many of them now sheltering in tents pitched on the centre's grounds.

Read the story of Aminata, a young woman who lost 21 family members in the floods.

People in a temporary shelter in Sierra Leone
Women and children in a temporary tent shelter at the Don Bosco Centre
22 August 2017

Lake Chad Region

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.

21 August 2017

South Asia floods

Boy standing beside emergency supplies in Nepal
Emergency supplies being prepared by CARE for transportation to Kailali from Kathmandu, Nepal

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.

21 August 2017

Sierra Leone

CARE is continuing to assist people affected by the mudslide and flooding in Sierra Leone, including distributing relief items to families in Kamayama, Freetown:

People waiting for relief distribution
People waiting for a distribution of relief supplies organised by CARE
Montage of relief supplies being prepared
CARE staff and volunteers organising the distribution of relief supplies