Crisis watch

Florentine, a young mother in Mozambique, who received assistance from CARE following drought and food shortages
5 Nov 2020

Lebanon – Beirut Port Explosion response

A gender analysis conducted jointly with UN Women and ABAAD has found increasing vulnerabilities among women. 51 percent of the affected population is identified as female-headed households and 8 percent as elderly women living alone. Along with other health services, first aid is an urgent need for women and marginalised groups. Protection risks including increased risk of gender-based violence, in addition to the mental health impact from the experience of losing one’s home and safe space, goes beyond the infrastructural damage.

The analysis also found high levels of food insecurity: 11 percent of the Lebanese and 42 percent of migrant workers reported experiencing hunger or thirst. Coping mechanisms with the current situation – particularly reported among youth and refugees – is by preparing to leave the country. Last month 11 people, including two children under the age of 2, died at sea while attempting to reach the island of Cyprus from northern Lebanon. One woman in her 30s told CARE: “If a boat leaves tomorrow, and I have the chance to take it, I will go without hesitation.”

CARE Lebanon has to date reached 14,113 people through food and hygiene kits distributions and protection services. Rehabilitation, with winter approaching, remains one of the main areas of ongoing work and 95 percent of the shelter needs of the affected population are yet to be covered.

5 Nov 2020

South Sudan – floods

An estimated 856,000 people have been affected by floods in areas along the White Nile and 366,000 people are currently displaced. Key immediate needs following these displacements are: food, basic health items/services, emergency shelter, WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene), nutritional supplies, gender-based violence protection including dignity kits.

The flood emergency is compounding already existing protracted emergencies. Nearly 7.5 million people in South Sudan are in need of some type of humanitarian assistance or protection.

Of the 78 counties in South Sudan, 45 are in severe need and 33 are in extreme need. Of these 33 counties, people in 23 of them have faced extreme need for at least two consecutive years. Some 5.2 million of the people in need are host community members or people who are otherwise affected but not displaced, while 1.4 million are internally displaced people, nearly 600,000 are returnees and about 300,000 are refugees.

CARE South Sudan proposes to do a multi-sectoral response in areas where there are gaps: health, protection, food security, livelihood and WASH.

30 Oct 2020

Vietnam – floods and Typhoon Molave

Typhoon Molave made landfall on 28 October worsening the existing floods in central Vietnam and causing severe flooding in other new areas. 174 people are reported dead, 374,600 people have been evacuated and 1.5 million people are directly affected. Houses, schools and agricultural lands are severely damaged.

CARE Vietnam is preparing to start responding in Quang Tri province with distribution of water/sanitation items and households kits, conducting hygiene promotion, building safe latrines and livelihood recovery support. CARE has active local government partners on the ground: DEMA and Women’s Union at various levels (district, commune, and village). The Women’s Union is a member of the Government Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention, with a dual mandate and standing capacity on disaster response. Le Kim Dung, CARE Vietnam Country Director, says:

Many people in Vietnam are still struggling due to the devastation caused by the ongoing floods and the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. CARE is on the ground in the worst affected areas providing water, sanitation, and hygiene support, but more funding is urgently needed.

As Storm Atsani approaches, Le Kim Dung adds: “We are worried about the compounding affects another severe weather event would have on women, girls and other vulnerable community members.”

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.