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01 Oct 2018 description

Relief operations underway in Palu City as extent of humanitarian impact emerges.

Australian Red Cross has launched an appeal to help provide urgently needed aid to people and communities affected by Friday’s devastating double disaster in Sulawesi, a powerful earthquake followed by a tsunami.

As the death tolls continues to rise above 800 and with thousands more feared dead, Red Cross has mobilised to provide life-saving aid in some of the worst affected areas.

08 Aug 2018 description

Teams are delivering help across the Indonesian island following a second destructive earthquake within a week.

Indonesian Red Cross is responding after a destructive magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Lombok, Indonesia on Sunday 5 August.

Because the earthquake damaged communications and other infrastructure, including electricity, roads and bridges, a full picture of people’s needs is still emerging.

The latest information has identified close to 100 people have been killed, and more than 200 injured mainly due to the collapse of buildings.

01 Apr 2018 description

1 Introduction

1.1 Overview

The Red Cross Red Crescent aims to respond to disasters as rapidly and effectively as possible, by mobilising its resources (people, money and other assets) and using its network in a coordinated manner so that the initial effects are countered and the needs of the affected communities are met.

The Australian Red Cross (ARC) is a key Partner National Society, supporting the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) response to natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific.

14 Nov 2017 description

Eight of Australia’s major humanitarian organisations have issued a joint plea for urgent funds to help more than a million people who have fled extreme violence in Myanmar.

The new initiative is a reflection of the severity of the situation in Myanmar and Bangladesh—the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world.

The mass movement of people to the Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh has become increasingly desperate.

01 Sep 2017 description

This document has been prepared to assist Red Cross Red Crescent Movement partners to better understand Bangladesh’s legal preparedness for international assistance, identifying and explaining relevant legal provisions for international assistance providers. It is a non-exhaustive desk-based research yet to go through national verification process, and is not intended to be a definitive analysis of Bangladesh’s disaster risk management system.

29 Aug 2017 description

Australian Red Cross holds grave concerns for those asylum seekers who have lost basic assistance.

Australian Red Cross holds grave concerns for those asylum seekers who have lost basic assistance.

Red Cross CEO Judy Slatyer said, "Our view is that people should have their humanitarian needs met while in Australia regardless of legal status; they should never be left destitute in the Australian community. They should have their claims for protection fairly assessed and sustainable solutions must be found for people who need protection.

13 Jun 2017 description

When disaster strikes, Vanuatu businesses can provide, store and distribute relief supplies through a single procurement system.

When Tropical Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu in 2015, it was one of the worst disasters to ever hit the Pacific region. The Category 5 Cyclone left 75,000 people in need of emergency shelter.

One year later Cyclone Winston slammed into Fiji. Its 225mph winds demolished structures all across the main island. Another Category 5 cyclone, Winston left 44 people dead and was the strongest on record to make landfall anywhere in the world.

02 Jun 2017 description

'I felt finished.' In three words, a woman in the fishing community of Biasong recalled the despair she felt when she surveyed the damage inflicted by Typhoon Haiyan.

The strongest tropical storm ever to make landfall in the Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Visayas region on November 8th 2013. 16 million people were affected, 8,000 people were killed and 1.4 million homes were damaged or destroyed.

04 May 2017 description

Vanuatu Red Cross volunteers are working around the clock to help their communities be safe and prepared ahead of a major cyclone which is due to start hitting the country in the coming hours.

Tropical Cyclone Donna is expected to unleash damaging winds, rough seas, heavy rainfall, and flash flooding across Vanuatu from tonight.

21 Apr 2017 description

The conflict that caused the largest refugee crisis since WWII and killed over 400,000 people has been littered with violations of international humanitarian law (IHL).

In the last few weeks, the world has seen gruesome examples of such violations. From an alleged chemical attack in Idlib that killed over 80 civilians, to the suicide bombing that killed at least 126 civilians, including 68 children while they were waiting to be evacuated from the town of Rashidin.

16 Jan 2017 description

Help, not heels and handbags in humanitarian crises

A new report has found that more than 70 shipping containers packed with high heels, handbags, heavy blankets, canned food and other unrequested goods were sent to Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam in 2015. Ten months after the cyclone, 18 containers remained uncollected, accumulating nearly $2 million in storage fees, while more than half of the canned food items had expired.

25 Nov 2016 description

Thousands of people in earthquake-affected Kaikoura still don't have safe running water and must queue for portaloos.

Although water supplies have been restored in some parts of Kaikoura, sewerage infrastructure was heavily damaged in the earthquake that shook New Zealand on 14 November.  

Tap water must still be boiled for three minutes or chlorinated before use. Many households are still relying on portaloos.  

29 Aug 2016 description

On International Day of the Disappeared we pause to reflect on the many people who are missing as a result of war, conflict, disaster or migration.

This year the UNHCR reports record numbers of people being forcibly displaced from their homes due to ongoing conflict, persecution, risk of violence.

International Day of the Disappeared, marked on 30 August each year, is also a time to remember the families affected by the disappearance of their loved ones.

13 Jul 2016 description

Red Cross will support the development of a new web platform designed to connect refugees and asylum seekers with interpreters

The new Interpreter Central website will enables caseworkers and clients to preview, book and review interpreters, ensuring a better fit with languages and dialects.

The idea came from Melbourne's first Techfugees Hackathon in April this year, where Red Cross partnered with the start-up community. Several ideas were developed as a result.

20 Jun 2016 description

The business of preventing conflict

Fauve Kurnadi, from Australian Red Cross' international humanitarian law program, examines how businesses can contribute to the prevention and alleviation of conflict.

MONDAY JUNE 20, 2016

14 Jun 2016 description

By Dr Phoebe Wynn-Pope, Australian Red Cross

Tuesday June 14, 2016

On Wednesday morning, three medical facilities were destroyed in the Syrian city of Aleppo. At least 15 people are reported to have been killed and dozens wounded, when bombs rained down on the al-Bayan and al-Hakim hospitals, and the Abdulhadi Fares clinic. 

10 Jun 2016 description

Airstrikes are destroying medical facilities in Aleppo, while families flee indiscriminate bombing in Fallujah.

FRIDAY JUNE 10, 2016

"The fighting was all around us. They didn't care. They bombed the way they wanted to. There is no consideration for the population," says Um Muhannad, who has just fled the Iraqi city of Fallujah.

24 Apr 2016 description

Red Cross has relief supplies and emergency teams in place as Cyclone Amos sweeps through Samoa.

Reports of flooded roads and fallen trees are emerging as Cyclone Amos brings torrential rain to Samoa.

The cyclone is currently category 3 and moving east-southeast.

Samoa's main islands, Savai'i and Upolu, are experiencing heavy rain, and the Samoa Met Service has warned people to expect flooding, landslides and flying debris. Flooding is also expected in the capital, Apia, if the river flushes debris upstream.

10 Mar 2016 description

Families in Fiji are starting to rebuild their homes after Cyclone Winston, with a little help from Red Cross.

Their four-bedroom house is no longer recognisable, little more than a pile of twisted corrugated iron and splintered timber.  

A tiny shed - now home to 75-year-old Phul and her husband - is all that survived Cyclone Winston.  

21 Feb 2016 description

As Cyclone Winston moves away from Fiji, Red Cross teams are assessing the damage and supporting thousands of people in evacuation centres.

Cyclone Winston has left Fiji in a state of emergency after lashing the country with 230kph winds and intense rain.

The cyclone made landfall on the Northern Lau Islands in Fiji's east on 19 February. Communications with these islands have been lost.

While Fiji's major cities of Suva or Nadi were not directly hit, gale-force winds, flash floods and power outages will continue over the coming days.