Learn about current emergencies
When disaster strikes around the world, we move quickly with our partners, to provide life-saving assistance to those in need. Once the immediate danger has passed, we work to rebuild lives and reduce the risk of future disasters. Here are some of the current emergencies we’re responding to around the globe:
Famine has been declared in parts of northern-central South Sudan. An estimated 100,000 people are facing starvation, with millions more in desperate need of aid. Action is urgently needed to avert worsening famine conditions and food insecurity.
The three countries, located in the Horn of Africa region of northeast Africa, Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, have been gripped by severe drought for months. After being battered by the impacts of one of the strongest El Niño weather cycles ever recorded in late 2015 and early 2016, failed rains in the region late last year have placed millions of people living in poverty in an even more dire situation.
Food shortages and malnutrition have reached alarming levels, especially in children and 9.2 million people are in need of immediate life-saving assistance.
This is a crisis of staggering proportions. Over 13.5 million people, more than half of Syria’s pre-war population, are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
The humanitarian situation in Yemen is catastrophic. More than 6,400 people killed and over 31,400 people injured. 21 million people — almost 85% of the population — are in need of humanitarian assistance.