Crisis watch

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

Sierra Leone

People waiting for assistance in Sierra Leone

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.”

CARE staff prepare relief supplies in Sierra Leone

People collect relief supplies in Sierra Leone

18 August 2017

Horn of Africa

  • In Somalia drought conditions are worsening following poor rainfall during the rainy season (April-June), with overall cereal production across Somalia expected to be 40-50% below normal.
  • Increasing malnutrition rates are reported in southern and south-eastern regions of Ethiopia as the country moves into the lean season (July to September). At least 7.8 million people could face critical food shortages from the end of July 2017 onwards.
  • Drought emergency has been declared in 23 of 47 counties in Kenya, with 3.4 million people estimated to be food insecure and in need of assistance. A critical nutrition situation is reported in Turkana Central, Turkana North, Turkana South, and North Horr in Marsabit.

Read more on our East Africa Crisis page

17 August 2017

Sierra Leone

CARE staff assess needs in Sierra Leone
CARE staff assessing the needs of people displaced from their homes by the mudslide and flooding

CARE Sierra Leone Country Director Evariste Sindayigaya provides the latest update:

“People are completely traumatised and fearful, because they don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I witnessed families wailing in a fit of tears as bodies of their loved ones were recovered from under the destructive path of the mudslide.

Women and children told me they have not eaten in days because they lost everything in the floods and mudslide.

“The rain is not stopping, so there is a dangerous threat of more landslides in Regent and surrounding areas. The government is urging people to evacuate, but many with missing loved ones are hesitant to leave. There is also a high risk of a cholera outbreak as the floods and mudslides have contaminated water sources leaving many communities without clean drinking water.

CARE is moving fast to distribute food, essential household items, clean drinking water and hygiene kits to prevent the spread of cholera and other waterborne diseases.

“We plan to reach 1,500 people in Regent and Kamayama in the next 24 hours.”

Montage of CARE staff assessing emergency response