In the mid August, Sierra Leone’s most severe mudslides – triggered by three days of heavy rains – occurred in and around the capital Freetown and the coastal suburb of Racecourse on the city’s eastern edge, as well as in Regent and Lumley where thousands of makeshift settlements are home to the city’s poorest communities. Nearly 500 people have died, of which more than 150 are children. 615 are missing, more than 1,000 buildings are destroyed, 1,900 households are affected, of which 500 are displaced.
Severe hunger has become the most severe humanitarian crisis in Africa since 1945. Taiwan Red Cross, in response to the food crisis appeal launched by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), has decided to donate USD 30,000 to support the lives in Central and Eastern Africa.
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This year, the TRC volunteers and staffs spent the Mid-Autumn Festival with their colleagues. Typhoon Meranti and typhoon Malakas took a swipe at Taiwan one by one during the four-day holidays. All four of the TRC Disaster Rescue Teams and the TRC Disaster Preparedness Centers, Branches and Chapters across Taiwan were already on standby before the typhoon made its landfall.
Category five typhoon Nepartak made landfall in Taiwan on July 8 in the eastern city of Taitung, tearing roofs off buildings, flipping cars and bringing dumping rain across the island. Taiwan Red Cross (TRC) swiftly responded to the typhoon, while the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) also published the news of Taiwan Red Cross’s response through the IFRC website.
Extreme winter “dzud,” a Mongolian term for an exceedingly harsh winter, has killed millions of animals since last December. Mongolian nomadic herders now face a desolate future in the face of losing all of their livestock before the winter is over.
Earlier today, the Taiwan Red Cross launched another delivery of condolence pay, monetary support and household electronic appliances at Kun Shan Elementary School in Tainan City. More than NT$18 million was distributed to beneficiaries of 120 cases.
On March 26th, the Taiwan Red Cross delivered condolence money to the victims affected by the 0206 Tainan Earthquake. Following the designated uses specified by the United States, Japan, and China, the delivery includes condolence money for the bereaved or those injured in the disaster, monetary support for injured victims in need of recovery care, monetary support for amputees, emergency welfare funding, relocation funding, and funding to replace damaged household appliances.
Following the Tainan earthquake that rocked Southern Taiwan on 6 February, the Taiwan Red Cross is announcing our plans for a recovery project. The Tainan Earthquake Recovery Project will include condolence pay for the bereaved or those injured in the disaster, monetary support for injured victims in need of recovery care, monetary support for amputees, emergency welfare funding, psychosocial support, monetary support for educational fees for children, and funding to replace damaged household appliances.
Rescue workers race against time as rescue operations at a felled apartment complex in Tainan have already passed the 72-hour “golden window.” The complex collapsed during the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck south Taiwan on 6 February. The Taiwan Red Cross has dispatched five rescue teams for the past five days to assist in search and rescue operations within the rubble.