Strong seismic activity beginning in early October has left a trail of devastation in the country, with the most recent quake, measuring 6.4 on November 3, hitting the Karnali province.
The aftermath is dire: healthcare facilities lay in ruins, essential medical care is scarce, and dwindling medicine stocks exacerbate existing health challenges. Over 60,000 individuals face exposure to the bitter cold, especially vulnerable groups such as newborns, young children, lactating mothers, and the elderly. Cold-related illnesses have already claimed lives, and the situation worsens as makeshift plastic tents offer scant protection from plummeting temperatures.
ADRA is working to rebuild healthcare infrastructure in collaboration with local authorities, provide medical resources, and distribute winter relief kits, including essential supplies like blankets. Read more about our response here.
In the space of a week, the Herat province was stuck by three 6.3 magnitude earthquakes on October 7, 11, and 15. There are currently over 106,000 people in need of urgent food and over 64,000 people need emergency shelter to withstand the harsh winter conditions.
ADRA has dispatched an emergency response team to the affected areas. ADRA is working with the United Nation’s OCHA to coordinate our response to ensure maximum impact. We are responding by providing food relief and items like blankets.
Armenian Refugee Crisis
On September 19, a military operation in Nahorno-Karabakh forced 100,670 Armenians to leave the conclave. One month on, the United Nations has urged the international community to continue to provide humanitarian assistance to those displaced by the crisis. The greatest needs have been identified as food, shelter, and mental health support.
ADRA is working on distributing food relief and goods such as hygiene kits.
Devastating bushfires have broken out between Kempsey on the Mid-North Coast of NSW and Queensland’s Western Downs, including the towns of Tara, Kogan and Chinchilla. More than 30,000 hectares have burned, homes have been lost, and at least one fatality has been confirmed.
ADRA is offering cash grants to people affected by the fires.
In the late hours of Friday 8 September, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Morocco 70km south-west of Marrakesh. The death toll currently sits at over 2,900.
This is considered the most powerful earthquake in a century in this region. Fatalities are expected to rise as the number of people trapped under collapsed buildings is unknown. Local authorities have identified emergency shelter, water and sanitation, and healthcare as the greatest needs.
ADRA has deployed an Emergency Response Team to the affected areas and is working to provide assistance to the most vulnerable, in collaboration with ADRA Spain and local partners.
ADRA is on the ground responding. Your donation today provides immediate and long-term assistance to people and communities affected by natural disasters, famines, civil conflicts, and other catastrophic events, including the response in Morocco.
ADRA is working with our team in Ukraine to provide urgent humanitarian aid including water, food, shelter, blankets and clothing. We are also working with our ADRA teams in surrounding countries, including Poland, Romania and Hungary, as they respond to the needs of incoming refugees. According to the United Nations, at least 12 million people have fled their homes since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. We are also responding to the recent flooding cause by damage to the Kakhovka Dam. You can find out more details of our response here.
Earthquakes in Türkiye
In the early hours of Monday 6 February, a 7.8 magnitude tremor struck Türkiye (formerly Turkey) near the city of Gaziantep. The death toll across Türkiye and Syria currently sits at almost 60,000. The greatest needs have been identified as shelter, healthcare, food and non-food items.
ADRA Syria has established shelters in local schools in Aleppo, and is providing affected people with drinking water, cash vouchers, and blankets.
The team is working to establish additional provisional shelters in schools and is working with the directorate of water resources to assist in the emergency repairs to the water network.
Your donation today is providing those affected with shelter, food, water, blankets and flashlights. You can find out more details of our response here.
African Hunger Crisis
The Horn of Africa is facing a fourth consecutive below-average rainfall season. The exceptionally long drought, amplified by warmer-than-normal temperatures, has devastated livelihoods, livestock herds, crops and vegetation, water availability, household incomes, and has increased displacement. A UNOCHA report (July 2022) projects 19.4 million are affected by drought in the Horn of Africa and 3.32 million children are at risk of dropping out of school. The report further adds that 18.6 million people are facing acute food insecurity and malnutrition is rising across Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia.
ADRA is supporting children and their families through school feeding programs in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and South Sudan. Relief efforts extend to livelihood activities to combat the devastating effects of the drought.
Deadly disasters often strike without warning.
With a strong global presence in over 100 countries, ADRA is well-placed to help in times of need. When people need us, we’re already there.
Your gift to our Disaster Relief Fund helps us provide immediate disaster relief when disasters, like those listed above, strike. Your gift also helps to provide long-term recovery and disaster risk reduction activities in the aftermath.
To support ADRA’s response in times of disasters, including our response in Morocco and Ukraine, donate below.
Cover Image: ADRA Ukraine. ADRA members prepare to respond to the conflict in Ukraine.
Photo Gallery – Images from left:
ADRA Kenya. A woman walks across barren land to collect water in Kenya.
ADRA Romania. A convoy enters Ukraine to deliver supplies to internally displaced people.
ADRA Syria. Food distributions in Latakia following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake.
ADRA Afghanistan: Consulting a local affected by the 6.3 magnitude earthquakes.
Donate Image: ADRA Syria. ADRA members assess the damage after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Türkiye
A word on the conflict in Israel and Gaza
We are heartbroken by the loss of life in Israel and Gaza. Innocent people including women and children, as well as those who have been displaced, continue to be victims of the escalating conflict. We mourn for those who have lost loved ones and are suffering in this crisis and call on international leaders to bring an end to this tragedy.
In conflict zones around the world, ADRA is committed to serving the most vulnerable people with justice, compassion, and love. Although we are unable to respond under the current circumstances, we stand ready to assist when the time comes. Please join ADRA in praying for those who have been affected by this crisis.
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