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.


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.

14 Sept 2018


Over 10,000 families in the northern part of the Philippines have already evacuated as Typhoon Mangkhut moves closer to land, with estimated landfall early on Saturday 15 September. An estimated 5 million people will be affected who are mostly farmers and fisherfolks.

CARE's assessment team is already in the province of Cagayan and is joined by our national partners on the ground. The team has some shelter repair items with them (ropes, roof sealants, duct tapes) for immediate assistance as needed. They also have supplies of water, food and satellite phones with them.

14 Sept 2018


An increase in airstrikes in Hodeidah is instilling fear and terror in residents, and could have a disastrous impact on the port of Hodeidah, a vital life-line for supplies into Yemen for the 22 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Transportation is already being affected: the main road linking Hodeidah and the capital Sana’a has been closed for several days, with trucks carrying food forced to take different routes across the country. Johan Mooij, CARE International Country Director in Yemen, said:

Besides more displacement, there is again a real danger that the port could be closed. There is currently only enough food in Yemen to sustain the population for two to three months, and it is the most vulnerable – especially women and children – who will be hit the hardest.

Since the escalation of the conflict in 2016, CARE Yemen has so far assisted more than 2 million people (9% of the total affected population) mainly through water, sanitation and hygiene, and food security support.

13 Sept 2018

Venezuelan refugees

Restrictions on movements across borders imposed by neighbouring countries means many women, men and children attempting to leave Venezuela are trapped between borders in dire conditions, sleeping rough in makeshift shelters with no access to health services or other support.

More than 500,000 Venezuelans have sought refuge in Ecuador, where CARE is providing psychosocial support, legal advice, blankets and hygiene kits to women and families in informal shelters in Quito. We hope to create safe spaces for women and girls who have survived violence and sexual abuse.