Heavy monsoon rains have caused landslides and floods affecting more than 16 million people across northern India, southern Nepal and Bangladesh. Hundreds of people have been killed and millions have been displaced from their homes which have been destroyed or damaged. Agricultural lands have been submerged resulting in lost livelihoods for many communities. In all three countries people are facing severe food shortages and disease caused by polluted flood waters.
A national emergency was declared in Sierra Leone after heavy flooding caused devastating mud slides on the edge of the city’s capital Freetown on Monday morning [14 August]. Hundreds are feared dead, thousands are still missing and many more have been left homeless and in urgent need of food, shelter and protection.
In East Africa, DEC aid agencies are working around the clock to respond to the deepening crisis caused by ongoing conflict and drought. While lives are being saved, the number of those in need of humanitarian assistance is increasing due the severity of the crisis – from 22 million people across South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia three months ago when the DEC appeal launched to 23 million today.
Before the current crisis, Yemen was already among the world’s poorest performers on most human development indicators. Conditions deteriorated further in the course of the ongoing civil war and foreign military interventions. By the end of 2016, nearly 70% of the population was in need of humanitarian support. The needs remain urgent and far outstrip the humanitarian community’s ability to meet them.
Tragically, the crisis in Yemen continues to be one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time; 19 million people – two thirds of the population – need humanitarian support and 7 million people do not know where their next meal will come from. DEC member charities are continuing to work across all areas of Yemen, with funds raised from the DEC Yemen Crisis Appeal and other sources, and lives are being saved.