The Caritas international network is on the ground responding with emergency assistance, following the devastating impact of Typhoon Mangkhut, considered the strongest typhoon this year.
Typhoon Mangkhut (also known locally as Typhoon Ompong) made landfall in the Philippines early Saturday morning, before wreaking havoc across southern China and Hong Kong.
On 23rd September 2017, the activity level for Monaro volcano on Ambae Island (Penama Province) in Vanuatu was raised to Level 4 , which reflected a moderate state of eruption state. Communities began to experience volcanic hazards including flying rocks and volcanic gas, as well as ash-fall and acid-rain, which caused significant damage to garden crops. From 24th September, evacuations began for people living in high risk areas on Ambae and a state of emergency was declared until 24 October 2018.
CAN DO Response
Last night’s federal budget rejected the recent, strong recommendation from fellow OECD governments for Australia to reverse the dramatic reduction in our contribution to international aid and development over the last four years. As the 13th largest economy in the world, Australia has slid to the bottom end of OECD countries in this area.
Caritas Australia with its partners on the ground is responding to the impact of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake which has killed 150 people and has left, according to the UN, 270,000 people including 125,000 children, in need of emergency aid.
Caritas is providing urgent shelter and health support, especially in the form of clean water, sanitation and hygiene support (WASH) as well as trauma counselling.
With the crisis in Syria entering into its eighth year this week, Caritas Australia continues to support children who have been displaced by the war in Syria, which is now the largest displacement crisis in the world since World War II.
Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s international aid and development agency, is bringing hope to Syrian refugee children through education.
12 year-old Bayan, one of the 5.6 million Syrian refugees who have sought sanctuary in the neighbouring countries in the region, is living with her family in Jordan.
The Caritas network is responding to the Tropical Cyclone Gita relief effort in Samoa and Tonga.
The cyclone passed through Samoa this past weekend, and made landfall in Tonga on Monday, 12 February. The cyclone, which was a Category four when it reached the Tongan islands of Tongatapu and Eua, affected thousands of people across the nations and has damaged homes and buildings. There are reports that approximately 70 percent of Tonga’s population has been affected.
Local Caritas staff, partners and volunteers, part of the Caritas international network, continue to respond with emergency assistance, following the devastating impact of Cyclone Tembin in the Philippines.
Cyclone Tembin 17, known locally as Typhoon Vinta, made landfall in Caraga municipality, around 254 km from Davao city, on December 24. It devastated communities in the southern Philippines, causing flash floods and landslides.
Local Caritas staff, partners and volunteers, part of the Caritas international network, are already responding with emergency assistance and support to those on the ground, following the devastating impact of Cyclone Tembin.
Cyclone Tembin 17, known locally as Typhoon Vinta, made landfall in Caraga municipality, around 254 km from Davao city, on December 24. It has devastated communities in the southern Philippines, with early reports of at least 180 people dead. Caritas Australia is contributing $50,000 AUD to the needs of affected peoples.
The Caritas network is responding to the relief effort in Iran and Iraq, after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Middle Eastern countries on Sunday 12 November.
Iran’s province of Kermanshah has been heavily affected by the earthquake, with over 530 people dead and over 8,000 people injured. In Iraq, there has been close to 10 fatalities, with over 500 people injured. Most of those affected by the earthquake in Iraq are located in the Darbandikhan region.
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.
The Church Agencies Network Disaster Operation (CAN DO) have welcomed the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) announcement of an additional $750,000 in funding for over 10,000 people displaced by volcanic activity on Vanuatu's Ambae Island.
The entire population of Ambae Island was evacuated last month when the Manaro volcano threatened to erupt, with residents taken to shelters on neighbouring islands.
The Vanuatu Government has now facilitated the return of those evacuated back to their villages, as the volcano appears to have stabilised.
“My country is in peril from rising seas so I am here to appeal for urgent climate action, otherwise we will lose our homes. Kiribati is going under water,” said Eri Aram.
Eri, a 28-year old father of three from Kiribati, is in Australia this week to tell the story of his country. He will then attend the UN climate summit in Germany to ensure his people are given a voice in determining future climate policy.
For Eri, forced relocation as a result of climate change is a very real and grim prospect.
This year’s State of the Environment for Oceania report focuses on people’s changing relationship with the seas that surround us, and how Oceania communities and governments are responding to today’s environmental challenges.
Beneath the surface of the waves, the temperature, volume and chemistry of our oceans is changing. A major report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature said the world is ‘completely unprepared’ for the impact of warming oceans on marine life, ecosystems, and people.
Floods and landslides have displaced almost 350,000 people, with 140 reported dead, according to Executive Director of Caritas Nepal, Fr Silas Bogati.
Women and children are particularly affected, with many unable to feed their children as the agricultural sector has been devastated by flooding and landslides.
The Terai region's plains stretch across the southern part of Nepal, housing 48% of the nation's population.
Waterborne diseases are also on the rise.
The Australian government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has announced a consortium of eight church agencies has been successful in tendering for the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP).
The “Church Agencies Network Disaster Operation” (CAN DO) consortium comprises of Caritas Australia (consortium leader), Act for Peace, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency Australia, Anglican Board of Mission, Anglican Overseas Aid, the Australian Lutheran World Service, Transform Aid International (Baptist World Aid Australia) and UnitingWorld.
The Caritas network is responding to recent floods in Sri Lanka, which have impacted over half a million people.
Torrential rains from May 25 resulted in severe flooding and landslides across 15 districts in Sri Lanka, particularly the Southern and South Central provinces. It is estimated over 600,000 people have been displaced with 203 deaths including many children. There has been damage to thousands of homes.
Caritas Australia has expressed deep disappointment in this year’s federal budget, with a fourth consecutive cut to the overseas aid program that sees another $303.3 million taken from the poor.
This comes at a time when the world is experiencing a range of unprecedented humanitarian crises, with over 20 million people facing starvation in East Africa and Yemen and tens of millions of people fleeing war and persecution in Syria.
Our people are struggling simply to survive"- in a powerful pastoral letter, the Bishops of South Sudan have expressed a desperate plea for support.
United Nations agencies recently declared famine in parts of South Sudan and it’s a famine that is likely to spread. Caritas Australia’s CEO, Paul O’Callaghan said without concerted political and community action, there is the risk of famine spreading across the region.
Six years ago, on 15 March, 2011, there was an escalation of the conflict in Syria. Since then, the war has claimed over 400,000 lives and uprooted more than half of Syria’s 22 million people.
As it enters its seventh year, Syrian children are now growing up and starting school in countries like Jordan and Lebanon.
Local Caritas staff, partners and volunteers are responding with emergency assistance following a powerful Category Four typhoon that struck the Philippines on Christmas Day
Typhoon Nock-Ten, also known as Nina, made landfall over Catanduanes province, in the north-east Philippines, at roughly 6:30pm on Christmas Day.
More than 600,000 people across six provinces in the Philippines were directly impacted by the typhoon and over 248,000 homes as well as hospital services and water infrastructure were damaged.