Lava, ash and mudflows spewed in to communities for several days after the initial eruption of Fuego Volcano. More than one month later, Red Cross teams are still providing aid and comfort to survivors in the Guatemala City area.
The more than 1,600 volunteers on the ground “are exhausted, but their resolve is unwavering,” said Francesca Rocca, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). He added, “These families are our priority”.
Understanding the impact
Inconsistent rainfall, extreme heat, flooding, and low crop yields have led to severe food insecurity for more than 20 million people in east Africa. In response, the American Red Cross has contributed $650,000 to help people struggling to feed their families in two countries, Kenya and South Sudan. The financial contribution is aiding local Red Cross teams in their efforts to save lives.
“My crops were last full four years ago,” says Adumasu Lulalu, one farmer affected by the severe drought. “Since then, there has been almost nothing. It comes and goes.”
It is dawn in Peru, but Andres Medina has been awake for hours. He and his fellow Red Cross volunteers are gearing up for a busy day of delivering aid to people impacted by heavy floods. They know what’s needed, and where they’re going. They don’t know when they’ll sleep next; but sleep-they figure-can wait.
“That’s the way it is, the emergency does not follow working hours,” says Andres.
Volunteer teams from the Bangladesh Red Crescent were out in full-force this weekend as Cyclone Mora barreled towards the South Asian country. Volunteers helped their neighbors before the storm struck—working with local government authorities to evacuate more than one million people from low-lying coastal areas such as Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, and some of the offshore islands. Red Crescent teams spread early warnings in communities via megaphone and also helped families find safety in storm shelters.