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Emergencies

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Caritas responds to emergencies around the world. We aim to save lives, reduce suffering, maintain human dignity, and meet people's basic needs – regardless of ethnicity, religion or nationality.

A refugee in Erbil, Iraq carrying water to the community kitchen in the Church of St John the Baptist.

In emergencies, we respond to needs and requests of our development partners and through the Caritas Internationalis confederation.

Wherever a disaster occurs, one of our partners will be there, coordinating local people and supplies to provide an effective and efficient response.

Following an emergency we understand that you might want to send food or other goods, however aid organisations such as the Caritas network provide emergency bulk supplies quickly, which is the most effective way of helping people on the ground.

Emergencies

Peace in the Middle East - Crisis in the Holy Land

Peace in the Middle East

In light of the ongoing humanitarian crises in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Gaza, Caritas has launched the Peace in the Middle East campaign.

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Flooding of the Matanaikau River, Honiara, Solomon Islands caused damage to houses.

Solomon Islands flooding April 2014

On the 4th of April, Solomon Islands experienced the worst flooding in its history. Flash floods resulted in 24 confirmed deaths, thousands of evacuees and destroyed homes, roads and infrastructure.

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Items like blankets, soap and jerry cans are essential for people in Internally Displaced Persons communities in South Sudan.

South Sudan conflict

Caritas is supporting work in South Sudan where our partners Caritas England and Wales (CAFOD) and Caritas South Sudan are helping people who have been displaced from their homes by civil conflict.

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Food aid in Samoa.

Pacific emergencies

Caritas provides humanitarian relief to our partners in the Pacific.

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Damage to properties caused by Cyclone Ian in Ha'apai.

Tonga – Tropical Cyclone Ian

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has pledged $40,000 and is taking donations in support of Caritas Tonga’s response to Tropical Cyclone Ian, which caused one death and extensive destruction in the Northern Ha’apai islands on Saturday 7 January.

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Indonesian villagers being evacuated after the Mt Merapi eruption.

Asian emergencies

In the last few years Caritas has provided emergency relief for Indonesia, Burma, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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Caritas aid distributions to Palawan, Coron and Marcilla after Typhoon Haiyan.

Philippines Typhoon Haiyan

A global Caritas effort has supported NASSA/Caritas Philippines to provide relief following Super Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the central Philippines on 8 November 2013. Caritas continues work in the area to help communities in the Philippines become more resilient to typhoons.

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A boy in a preschool where Caritas distributed bedding.

Japan tsunami

In March 2011 an earthquake and tsunami killed 15,000 people and hundreds of thousands lost their homes. Caritas responded very quickly with food and support. Caritas Japan continue to work on the recovery.

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A woman carrying water at Ban Kwai/Nai Soi camp on the Thai Burma border

Long-term emergencies

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Outside one of the transitional shelters in Bela Jijal, Pakistan, with Abdullah on the right.

Abdullah's story

When Abdullah joined the staff of Catholic Relief Services in 2010, he had visions of assisting communities in his area. Little did he know that just a few months later it would be his family that needed help.

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A woman washing dishes outside her tent in Haiti.

Haiti earthquake

The Caritas network is expecting to be involved for five years in helping build a new Haiti after the devastating earthquake of 12 January 2010. The earthquake claimed more than 230,000 lives and affected 3 million people in one of the biggest disasters of recent times.

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Kamala with her children outside their new home, Sindh province, Pakistan.

Kamala's Story

When the floods came to Kamala and her family, they had 15 minutes to pack their essential belongings, including Kamala’s sewing machine, and leave home.

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