Crisis watch


18 Jan 2018


CARE is increasing aid distribution to Syrian civilians fleeing the fighting in Idlib in northern Syria. Wouter Schaap, CARE's Syria country director, said:

Conditions have worsened dramatically since the beginning of January. Families who were forced to flee their homes - sometimes with nothing but the clothes on their back - are living in temporary shelters and open spaces in freezing conditions with no access to clean water, food, or heating. 

Read more in our media release

17 Jan 2018


Nearly half a million people are at risk from flooding caused by heavy rains. CARE has been implementing an emergency preparedness programme (funded by ECHO, the EC Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations) in some of the affected coastal areas. Communities are coping with the situation and any immediate emergency needs, such as for temporary shelter, will be covered by local authorities.

9 Jan 2018


Since December there has been a marked increase in the number of refugees crossing the border fleeing from violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). CARE Uganda is concerned about large unmet needs in the area of protection, psychosocial support and medical services for victims of sexual and gender-based violence. The team is conducting a rapid assessment and is considering setting up a protection response through local partners.

8 Jan 2018


Cyclone Ava brought devastation to the eastern coast of Madagascar, leaving 6 people dead, 13,523 displaced and over 63,000 people affected. CARE is liasing with the government over conducting a rapid needs assessment and is ready to respond if needed.

3 Jan 2018

The Philippines

Boy outside storm-damaged building in the Philippines
A boy stands beside a damaged building in Zamboanga del Norte province

People in several regions in the Philippines are recovering from damage caused by tropical storm Tembin, locally known as Vinta. More than 700,000 people in eight regions, mostly in Mindanao, have been affected. Homes have been destroyed and many families are staying in emergency evacuation centres. CARE's emergency response team has coordinated with local partners Agri-Aqua Development Coalition and Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks to conduct a rapid needs and damage assessment and is planning to submit a funding bid to deliver emergency cash grants to affected people to buy essential food and non-food items.