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
30 Oct 2018


CARE is preparing to assist communities in the northern Philippines hit by Typhoon Yutu. Although less devastating than the recent Typhoon Mangkhut, communities in mountainous areas in the Cordillera region are particularly vulnerable as they haven’t fully recovered yet from the devastating landslides caused by Mangkhut.

Flooded buildings after Typhoon Yutu in the Philippines
A school submerged in floodwater in Upper Tanudan, Kalinga province (photo courtesy of Mhay Tombali and Larfloy Bongat from CARE partner organisation Cordis RDS)

CARE is preparing for an assessment and immediate relief support in mountainous communities of Benguet province with our local partner Cordillera Disaster Response and Development Services (Cordis RDS).

29 Oct 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo

The Ebola outbreak in the DRC is spreading further, with 147 deaths to date. This is the DRC’s 10th Ebola outbreak since the disease first appeared in 1976 and is proving the most difficult to manage, because of ongoing conflict in the affected areas. CARE works in the city of Beni, the epicentre of the outbreak, as well as in nearby cities, to help limit the spread of the disease through awareness raising, handwashing stations, distribution of items that support hygiene practices, and activities to help reduce the stigma and discrimination that Ebola survivors, especially women and girls, face in their communities after they are cured.

26 Oct 2018

Indonesia tsunami response

Helen Vanwel, CARE Indonesia Country Director, says:

While most places have now received some form of support, large numbers of people are still living on roadsides without adequate shelter. The Government has worked quickly and tirelessly to assist survivors, but there is still a way to go in making sure the people in Central Sulawesi have all the basic items they need, let alone being able to rebuild their lives and livelihoods.

She adds:

On top of all the damage and destruction caused by the tsunami, the rainy season has now begun in earnest, and cases of disease outbreak are rapidly rising.

Women have told us that inadequate toilets, a lack of privacy, a lack of lighting, and toilets being too far from shelters, particularly at night, are some of their major concerns.

CARE has already reached over 5,000 people with hygiene kits which include much needed sanitary napkins. We aim to reach around 50,000 people with a first wave of basic emergency items like kitchen sets, hygiene materials and tarpaulins for temporary shelters. We will be ensuring safe spaces for women and girls so they have access to accurate information and support services. We will also focus on supporting people to rebuild as soon as possible and provide cash assistance to allow them to reinvest in livelihoods activities and reconstruction of their homes.

18 Oct 2018

Indonesia tsunami response

CARE Indonesia has begun distributing hygiene kits through our partner organisation PKPU to around 1,000 households in the worst affected and hardest to reach areas of Palu, Donggala and Sigi. CARE’s hygiene kits include buckets and water purification tablets as well as hygiene items such as soap and laundry, and items specifically targeted at women and girls, such as sanitary napkins.

17 Oct 2018

Myanmar refugees in Bangladesh

Hamida standing outside new shelters in refugee camp

CARE Bangladesh has provided the first set of a planned 1,260 secure household shelters, made with concrete pillars, reinforced with bamboo, tarpaulin, rope and wire. The shelters use a 'cluster village' approach providing 52 households with shared facilities including water points, latrines, kitchens, street lighting, drainage and pathways. Hamida (pictured above) said:

We arrived in Bangladesh amidst a lot of difficulty; our living conditions were not good. Now we have got new and better shelter; here we receive water connection, bathing space, latrines, and food on a regular basis. We also get the opportunity to visit a Women Friendly Space. I feel so happy here.