Crisis watch

The explosion in Beirut has caused massive destruction to buildings and infrastructure, as well as destroying crucial food supplies stored at the port
23 Oct 2020
People wading across flooded fields in South Sudan
People wading across flooded fields in South Sudan

East Africa – floods

On top of coronavirus East Africa is being hit by unprecedented levels of flooding.

The number of people hit by seasonal flooding in East Africa has increased more than fivefold in four years, according to UN figures. Nearly six million people have been affected this year with 1.5 million of them forced from their homes. Parts of the region are recording the heaviest rains in a century.

CARE is particularly worried about what these combined stresses will do to already vulnerable populations including refugees and the displaced, those living in conflict affected areas, and farming populations who rely on crops and livelihoods for their survival. Our response so far includes:

  • Sudan: CARE has already provided basic relief items to more than 1,000 refugees and host community members in East Darfur as well as repairing, cleaning and disinfecting latrines for refugee populations. We are also providing cash to those affected by the floods to allow them to rebuild and spend where most needed. We are also carrying out mass awareness raising campaigns on the prevention of waterborne diseases in the capital Khartoum.
  • Somalia: CARE is working through local partners targeting Hiraan and Galmudug regions as heavy rains and flooding are expected to continue in November and December. Activities being rolled out by CARE and partners include: rehabilitation of shallow wells with hand pumps; cholera prevention and control, health and hygiene promotion messages; construction of 30 desludging latrines for internally displace people; WASH committee and hygiene promoters training; training of 20 chlorinators.
23 Oct 2020

Vietnam – floods

Nearly 1 million people are already struggling with the impact of severe flooding across central Vietnam over recent weeks, with a third tropical storm predicted to make landfall this Sunday 25 October. CARE is particularly worried about the impact on women and girls, and those already struggling with the economic impacts of COVID-19. Dung Kim Le, CARE Vietnam Country Director, says:

We are very worried that the situation for people in flood affected areas is likely to get even worse. We have been talking to farmers in the affected areas living on the borders with Laos. They don’t have any income for food or essential items and now the flooding has destroyed what little they have.

CARE will be focusing on water, sanitation and hygiene support, including distributing hygiene kits; cash support focussing on some of the most vulnerable, such as women and girls; and livelihoods rehabilitation for those who have lost their livelihoods.

16 Oct 2020

Yemen

On World Food Day, CARE is warning of worsening hunger in Yemen, where up to 20 million people are food insecure. The combination of armed conflict, COVID-19, and economic collapse has had a direct and devastating impact on the availability and affordability of food, says Aaron Brent, CARE Yemen Country Director.

Hunger is most pronounced in areas with high levels of armed violence, while across the country food prices have been rising throughout 2020: in the capital Sana’a, for example, market assessments found that the price of fruit and vegetables had risen by 125 percent.

Taiz governorate has seen consistent fighting throughout the conflict, and almost 600,000 are classed as being in crisis or emergency food insecurity. Aaron Brent says:

Taiz provides a snapshot of the situation for countless families across Yemen. They have been dealing for years with a nightmarish combination of factors; airstrikes and attacks leading to high levels of displacement; a lack of healthcare and public services; diseases like cholera and dengue fever; and of course severe food insecurity and hunger due to the economic crisis. The result is that people are hungry and malnourished and their ability to cope is extremely low.

CARE warns that the humanitarian response is severely under-funded, and is callingn for an increase in funding – while remembering, says Aaron Brent, “that the only way to end hunger in Yemen for good is to end the conflict through a nationwide ceasefire, and an inclusive political solution.”

CARE reached 2.8 million people in the last year across 13 governorates and 95 districts, including supporting 1.5 million people with food, cash and vouchers to meet their basic and immediate food needs.

15 Oct 2020

Lebanon

More than 100 towns and villages across the country have been put into lockdown for one week to stop COVID-19 spread. Bujar Hoxha, CARE Lebanon Country Director, said:

The new lock-down restrictions further add to the challenges of the deteriorating situation in Lebanon. Whilst the lock-down is necessary to slow down the steady increase of COVID-19 cases, which could further overwhelm the country's fragile healthcare sector, restrictions have hit the most vulnerable families hard. As the country grapples with the worst economic crisis in years, over half a million people have lost their jobs in the last six months and Beirutis are still recovering from the profound losses of the August explosions. Some people have had no choice but to reject the restrictions implemented, in order to work and find food for their families.

Despite the challenges, CARE continues to deliver assistance to communities. Hoxha adds: “We must ensure that current and future restrictions would still allow for CARE and other aid organisations to reach those who are most in need.”

So far, in our response to the Beirut explosions, CARE Lebanon and its partners have reached 11,322 people with food security and protection interventions.

25 Sept 2020

Mozambique – conflict and humanitarian crisis in northern Mozambique

The humanitarian situation in Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique has deteriorated due to further climatic shocks, insecurity and violence, access constraints and multiple disease outbreaks (most significantly cholera and COVID-19). As a result, large displacement, disruption of livelihoods and lack of access to basic services are reported. As of early July 2020, at least 250,000 people have been displaced from their homes within the province.

Challenges include restricted access to highly vulnerable populations due to impassable roads and fallen bridges, especially during the rainy season, and security dynamics in areas of ongoing or potential conflict.

At this time, CARE’s response is confined to serving vulnerable communities in the southern districts of Cabo Delgado (including Ibo islands) and northern Nampula. Reaching conflict-affected communities further north in the province will require funding for further investments in essential logistical capacity and safety equipment.

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