Crisis watch

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


Pre-August 2017 updates

DRC: 27 July 2017

CARE is preparing to launch an emergency programme to deliver support on sexual and reproductive health rights and gender-based violence to people affected by conflict in the Kasai regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). During CARE’s recent assessment, 100% of focus groups and individual interviewees reported cases of rape. The crisis, which started in Kasai Central in August 2016, has now spread to Kasai and Kasai Oriental Provinces. Since the beginning of the conflict, 1.4 million people have been displaced both within the three Kasai Provinces but also into neighbouring provinces. The crisis in Kasai has generated enormous humanitarian needs across all sectors, including food, water, shelter, as well as health and protection.

Nigeria: 9 July 2017

CARE is establishing a country team in Nigeria to deliver emergency food and health assistance. The conflict in north-east Nigeria has resulted in the forced displacement of over 2 million people, acute food insecurity and nutrition concerns, and serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. The food security and nutrition situation in the region is deteriorating, with malnutrition rates reaching critical levels. More than 50,000 people could experience famine-like conditions across the north-east from June to August. Humanitarian agencies, including CARE, are seeking to help nearly 7 million women, children and men who are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Lake Chad region: 6 July 2017

Crisis map and stats for Lake Chad region July 2017

Across the region, over seven million people - one in three families - is food insecure, and malnutrition rates have reached critical levels, particularly in the north east of Nigeria. For many of the displaced, there is no choice. Faced with a lack of resources among host communities and displacement sites, many people are returning home to devastated villages, without infrastructure or basic services. Reaching people in need remains one of the main challenges for humanitarian actors because of high levels of insecurity and restricted access. Many areas in Cameroon, Chad and Niger are out of reach. CARE is beginning operations in Nigera and has already reached almost 400,000 people in Cameroon, Chad and Niger with life-saving food, shelter, water, farming supplies, household and cooking items as well as hygiene kits.

Myanmar: 7 June 2017   

CARE is distributing hygiene and shelter kits to people in Maungdaw in Rakhine state, following Cyclone Mora which brought strong winds and heavy rainfall, leading to damage to homes and flooding. An estimated 45,000 people have been affected by the cyclone.

Sri Lanka: 1 June 2017

Flash floods and landslides in south-western Sri Lanka have affected over 600,000 people, with more than 73,000 displaced from their homes. CARE is liaising with local partners with the aim of
providing humanitarian assistance in the form of early recovery assistance and longer term restoration of livelihoods to people in affected areas.

Lake Chad region: 23 May 2017

Ongoing conflict in the Lake Chad region of Africa means an additional two million people will face critical food insecurity over the coming three months in Nigeria, bringing the number of people going to bed hungry each night to nearly nine million. By June 2017, says Garth Van’t Hul, interim CARE Country Director in Nigeria, “about 50,000 people in three states of Nigeria will be in famine conditions and will starve without urgent humanitarian support”. So far, CARE has helped 53,000 people in Cameroon, 47,000 people in Chad and more than 250,000 people in Niger with life-saving food, shelter, water, and other emergency supplies. CARE has started operating in Nigeria, where we are aiming to reach 900,000 people with life-saving food and livelihood assistance, sexual and reproductive health services as well as supporting women affected by gender-based violence.

Democratic Republic of Congo: 15 May 2017

More than 100,000 people are reported to have fled their homes in the Kasai region in the last week, due to ongoing conflict and violence - bringing the total number of internally displaced people in the Kasai to nearly 1.3 million. People are either fleeing into rural areas, or grouping together to create informal camps in schools and other locations. It is also reported (by the UN) that serious violence is being perpetrated against civilians. CARE's current programmes are based in Northern and Central Kivu where we are providing gender-based violence protection, water and sanitation, and food security and livelihoods support. We are now working with international and local humanitarian partners seeking to respond to the growing humanitarian needs in the Kasai.

Mali: 3 May 2017

Political instability and conflict that began in 2012, combined with persistent drought, mean that 20% of the population - nearly 4 million people - are food insecure, of whom more than half a million people are severely food insecure. CARE is working with local partners to provide cash assistance through an electronic system to enable funds to be securely transferred to people in need.

Mozambique: 28 April 2017

A young man carrying a sack of food
People in Inhambane province, Mozambique, following a CARE food distribution funded by UK aid

The failure of two consecutive rain seasons has left more than 2 million people in Mozambique reliant on food aid. With UK aid funding, CARE is providing food vouchers, enriched porridge for children, as well as seeds and tools to enable people to grow their own food.

Mozambique: 18 April 2017

Children in a temporary classroom in Mozambique
Lessons continue thanks to CARE at Escola Primária e Completa de Inhaoua in Morrumbene district

When Cyclone Dineo hit Inhambane province on 15 February approximately 1,600 classrooms were damaged or destroyed. CARE is building temporary classrooms and repairing damaged roofs, enabling around 4,500 students to continue their education.

Temporary classrooms in Mozambique

Peru: 12 April 2017

Poeple in Piura, Peru, with CARE hygiene kits
People in Piura with CARE hygiene kits

Following the floods in Piura, many vulnerable families are living in tents and other makeshift accommodation. CARE has been distributing hygiene and water purification kits.

Nigeria: 10 April 2017

Prolonged insecurity and conflict in North-East Nigeria has had a devastating impact on food and nutrition security, with more than 5 million people facing food crisis. Until now CARE has not operated in Nigeria but we have undertaken an assessment of humanitarian needs on the ground, and are actively considering with potential partners how we can contribute to an emergency response in the region.

Timor-Leste: 4 April 2017

Around 120,000 people in eastern areas of the country are facing food and water shortages – with significant increases in malnutrition among children – owing to last year’s extended drought, as a result of which they have been unable to replenish their crops, livestock and livelihoods. CARE Timor-Leste is actively lobbying with government, UN and donors for resourcing and partnerships to enable support to reach affected areas.

Peru: 24 March 2017

A woman in a flooded house in Peru
A woman in a flooded community kitchen in Piura, Peru

Intense rainfall in Peru has caused flash floods, landslides and river overflows, leading to significant damage and risks to public health. An estimated 450,000 people are affected. CARE will be distributing 8,000 family hygiene kits and has teams operating in Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad and Tumbes who are developing Zika prevention programmes and activities.

Madagascar: 15 March 2017

Cyclone-damaged house in Madagascar
A cyclone-damaged house in Antalaha, Madagascar

Tropical cyclone Enawo has led to a reported 81 deaths, with over 40,000 homes destroyed or damaged. CARE is distributing emergency food and shelter kits, and will be carrying out food-for-work programming and providing unconditional cash grants to help people recover.

Mozambique: 27 February 2017

CARE staff distributing emergency kits in Mozambique
CARE staff distributing emergency kits in the district of Massinga, Mozambique

In the aftermath of Cyclone Dineo, CARE is working with the government to assist communities by providing emergency household items such as tarpaulins, blankets, buckets, ground sheets and mosquito nets.

Tanzania: 22 February 2017

Drought is affecting more than a million people, with poor households struggling to cope with declining access to food and income and huge increases in prices for basic food supplies. CARE is undertaking a needs assessment.

Lake Chad Basin: 20 February 2017

People at a refugee camp in Chad
People at Darnaime refugee camp in Chad

Widespread violence in northeast Nigeria and neighbouring countries has caused massive population movements in the four Lake Chad Basin countries. CARE has on-going responses in affected areas of Niger, Chad and Cameroon and is setting up a presence in northern Nigeria.

  • Chad: CARE has so far assisted nearly 48,000 displaced people and host communities affected by the Boko Haram conflict. 300,000 people are food insecure, with more than half of them experiencing severe food insecurity and 22,000 children under 5 suffering from acute malnutrition.
  • Niger: The situation remains volatile with around 280,000 internally displaced people, returnees and refugees in the arid Diffa region. CARE has so far assisted 205,000 people with food, nutrition, water, sanitation, shelter and protection support.
  • Cameroon: Nearly 200,000 people have fled from their villages in the border area after brutal attacks by armed groups. Food and health are among the main needs.

Mozambique: 16 February 2017

A woman beside her cyclone-damaged house
This woman in Morrembene district, Mozambique, told CARE: "I do not have anywhere to sleep. I do not have food, water, clothes."

Cyclone Dineo caused extensive damage in Inhambane province, where 40 per cent of the population were already requiring urgent food assistance as a result of drought. CARE Mozambique Country Director Mark Nosbach said:

With so much damage to homes, CARE is mobilising emergency kits that will help people in these communities with temporary shelter. Many of our kits were prepositioned in the area because of the drought but we’re likely to need a great many more.

Northern Iraq: 16 February 2017

Lorry delivering supplies to warehouse in Iraq
CARE staff unload relief supplies into our warehouse for distribution to people displaced from Mosul

An estimated 13 million people are affected by this complex and growing humanitarian crisis, with 10 million in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. CARE has so far assisted more than 60,000 people with water, sanitation, shelter and protection support (Mosul and Dohuk) and health support (Zumaar).

At least 160,000 people have been displaced from their homes by the Mosul conflict. CARE is coordinating with local partners to support people fleeing the fighting.

Somalia: 14 February 2017

People walking across arid scrubland
Drought-affected communities in Sanaag region, Somaliland, walk long distances in search of water and pasture

A severe food crisis – and potentially a famine – is unfolding in parts of Somalia. Raheel Nazir Chaudhary, CARE’s Country Director in Somalia, says:

We are observing the same warning signs that preceded the famine in Somalia six years ago.

Consecutive droughts over the last two years, exacerbated by one of the strongest El Niño events ever recorded, have completely depleted people’s food supplies and killed their livestock. More than 6 million people – over half the entire population of the country – are in urgent need of food and water assistance.

Read more: “We have to act now to prevent the worst”

Mali: 6 February 2017

Following droughts and then flooding, around 3 million people in Gao river belt, Timbuktu and Mopti regions are categorised as IPC (Integrated Food Security Classification) Phase 2 stressed – meaning they are barely managing to meet their minimum food needs. CARE has so far distributed food and cash vouchers to 55,000 people.

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