As part of our 'Thought Leadership' series, Alexander Carnwath, Concern's Humanitarian and Resilience Senior Policy Officer, questions why conflict is excluded from the Disaster Risk Reduction agenda and points the way forward to a greater focus on fragile contexts.
Concern Worldwide’s Haiti team is preparing for the potentially devastating impact of Hurricane Irma on Haiti’s poor and vulnerable communities. While the exact trajectory of the hurricane is difficult to predict, it is anticipated that Irma will hit the northern part of the country on Thursday and Friday.
On Haiti’s largest island, La Gonâve, we are compiling stocks in the event they are needed for distribution to those impacted by flooding and destruction.
“Investing in a response now is an investment for the future”
(MAPUTO, 2 March 2017) - Aid agencies are calling on the international community to assist communities affected by Cyclone Dineo following yesterday’s launch of an appeal by the United Nations.
The agencies work together as the COSACA, a consortium of humanitarian NGOs composed by Concern Worldwide, Oxfam, Save the Children and CARE supporting the Government of Mozambique. The appeal for USD10.2 million will support 150,000 people with lifesaving assistance for the next three months.
APRÈS DEUX ANNÉES CONSÉCUTIVES DE SÉCHERESSE
LES ZONES LES PLUS PRODUCTIVES EN HAÏTI ONT ÉTÉ FRAPPÉES PAR UN OURAGAN DE NIVEAU LE 3-4 OCTOBRE 2016
61% DES MÉNAGES ONT ÉTÉ DIRECTEMENT TOUCHÉS
MATTHEW A CAUSÉ UNE RÉDUCTION SIGNIFICATIVE DES SOURCES DE REVENU
UNE GRANDE PARTIE DE LA POPULATION NE POURRAIT PAS SOUTENIR SON BIEN-ÊTRE D’ICI À JUIN 2017
PLUS DE 50% DES MENAGES ONT UNE CONSOMMATION ALIMENTAIRE INACCEPTABLE
Written by Ellen Ward, IT Coordinator at Concern
Imagine the frustration that organizations face when they have the resources to respond to vulnerable communities, but lack the technology to navigate to them? Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, is one urban area with “off the map” locations that prevent humanitarian aid from reaching those in need. In September 2016, we embarked on a crowdsourced initiative to fill the gaps in digital maps.
Written by Craig Burnett
Fishing is a way of life across the Philippines, so when Typhoon Haiyan hit the nation of many islands in 2013, we aimed to restore the livelihoods of fisherman in the form of new, more sustainable fishing vessels. Here’s what happened.
The people of La Gonâve have struggled since Hurricane Matthew, largely out of view. But Concern has been there for decades and along with our partners we’ve launched relief efforts in multiple communities on the island — most recently the isolated area of Grand Vide.
The community of Grand Vide, on a remote corner of La Gonâve island’s west coast, was hit hard when Matthew passed through. But so far the struggles of its residents have gone largely unnoticed by the world.
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Concern Worldwide is providing aid to 10,000 families in Panay, Philippines. We’re able to do this because of your generous donations.
We’ve been collecting information on the current situation in the region. So far,
•14.16 million people have been affected
•3.54 million people have been displaced from their homes
•1.1 million houses have been damaged or destroyed
•More than 5,000 people have been reported dead
•1,613 people are missing
Fishing communities in the Philippines have been ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan, with thousands of boats damaged or destroyed. This has left many people without a source of food or income. As well as focusing on people's immediate needs, long-term commitment is needed to rebuild these communities.
We're helping 2,000 families in the fishing communities of Concepcion and Carles to rebuild their boats.
As we mark the passing of a third year since a 7.0-magnitude earthquake shredded Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas, it is fitting to take a look back, and a look forward. On January 12, 2010, Haiti was a country already handicapped by crippling poverty and poor infrastructure, and the human and economic toll of the earthquake was immense. It is stunning to remember that an estimated 230,000 people were killed and another 1.5 million were left homeless.
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Hurricane Sandy hit Haiti on 23 October. As quickly as possible, Concern Worldwide’s teams were out collecting information and assessing the damage. We are now working hard to help the people affected.
The hurricane brought torrential rains and flooding, causing serious damage to farming lands and crops, rural houses, roads and water systems. 54 people were killed and 18,796 people were relocated to temporary shelters.
Tropical storm Isaac hit Haiti on Saturday. Concern Worldwide’s teams are working hard to assess the damage and help the people affected.
Fortunately, we were given notice about the storm 36 hours before it struck. This allowed us to pass information to communities, even in remote rural locations where there is no telephone coverage. Many people were relocated to safer buildings such as schools, where they were better able to weather the storm.
Assessing the damage
Emergency Capacity Building Project Bangladesh Consortium
Beyond diabolical apathy
Slowly but surely, people have at last begun to return to their homesteads almost a year after Cyclone Aila had destroyed their livelihoods and shelters. It is very unlikely they will be returning to a distinctly better life. In fact it might worsen for some. But nonetheless even misery might seem bittersweet under one's own roof. The people of 11 unions of Koyra-Dacope-Shyamnagar in Khulna-Shatkhira districts were the worst affected on May 25, 2009 when Aila unleashed her fury.
1. Executive Summary : Just over 05 months have passed since Cyclone "Aila" hit Bangladesh( 25 May 2009) but sufferings still continuing in the severely affected districts of Khulna and Shatkhira where more than 201,982 displaced people (70% of severely affected people) are still living in temporary places and shlters. According to the government estimate 1149 million US dollars is needed to assist in the recovery and reconstruction after Cyclone Aila.
Cyclone Aila, packing winds of more than 60 miles an hour, hit heavily populated areas of Bangladesh and eastern India on May 25, triggering massive tidal flooding in low-lying coastal regions, and leading to the displacement of more than one million people, with thousands more missing and a reported 168 dead.
BANGLADESH: 11 COASTAL DISTRICTS IN URGENT NEED OF ASSISTANCE
Waves caused by the storm measuring more than eight feet in height battered the shores of Bangladesh, wreaking havoc on 11 vulnerable coastal areas across the Bay of Bengal.
An estimated 144,050 homes were …
(This case study was compiled by Md. Abu Hanif, Monitoring and Evaluation Expert for Concern Worldwide Bangladesh. If you would like more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. CYCLONE SIDR
Cyclone Sidr, a category 4 cyclone, made land fall in the southern and central coastal belts of Bangladesh on 15th November 2007. The cyclone affected 30 out of 64 districts mostly in the southern part of the country. More than 3,400 people were killed, 55,000 people injured and over 2 million families were made homeless.
Throughout Haiti more than 800,000 people have been seriously affected as a result of tropical storms Fay, Hanna, Gustav and Ike.
Over 80,000 people are currently seeking refuge in temporary shelters. According to the National Civil Protection Unit, the death toll has increased to 423, with 131,000 families affected.
With more rains due over the next 48 hours, the challenge now is to prepare for continuous heavy rains until the end of the season.
Cases of malaria are increasing and there are concerns that the situation could potentially deteriorate.
Haiti is reeling from four back-to-back hurricanes that have hit the island in less than a month. An estimated 800,000 people have been affected by dangerous flooding, lethal mudslides, and the destruction of roads and bridges. A recent report from UNICEF states that 300,000 of the people affected are children. Concern responded immediately to the emergency and is now distributing basic survival items to those in greatest need.
Haiti was hit by the following storms in rapid succession:
Tropical Storm Fay on August 17
Hurricane Gustave on August 26