Disaster Preparedness

After Aila: Relief efforts underway in India and Bangladesh

When Cyclone Aila hit Bangladesh and the eastern Indian state of West Bengal on 25 May, it caused huge damage to people’s homes and livelihoods. Over half a million people have been displaced and tidal surges have destroyed acres of farm land used for growing rice. Many in the Sundarbans delta that straddles south-west Bangladesh ...

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Rebuilding: Hurricane Survivors Move on With Caritas Help

Rebuilding: Hurricane Survivors Move on With Caritas Help

Rolande Jean’s home sits a few feet from the edge of the Caribbean Sea, between the small town of Nippes, Haiti and, in September 2008, directly in the path of Hurricane Ike. When the Category 4 storm roared ashore, Jean huddled with her husband and children in their small wooden house, and bore the brunt ...

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Myanmar on Cyclone Nargis Anniversary

Myanmar on Cyclone Nargis Anniversary

One year on from Cylcone Nargis which took the lives of more than 140,000people and left more than two million people without homes, the Caritas network continues to bring dignity to those affected. Caritas has supplied over 100,000 people with basic food staples, around 40,000 people with non food items such as blankets and mosquito ...

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Haiti stuck in Groundhog Day

Haiti stuck in Groundhog Day

When was Haiti last in the news? You’ll probably have to wrack your brains before remembering that it last made the headlines in September 2008 when a series of tropical storms caused massive flooding and mudslides. Five months later, NGOs are wrapping up their emergency programmes and pulling out. No news on Haiti and the ...

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Next steps in healing Congo

Next steps in healing Congo

Pots, plates, cutlery, soap, shirts, blankets….the list of things you need if you’re forced to leave your home and possessions behind is endless. These are just some of the items Caritas has been providing over the past six months to the people who have fled their homes due to fighting between the Government and rebels ...

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Planning for monsoons in Sri Lanka

Planning for monsoons in Sri Lanka

The monsoon season will be arriving in Sri Lanka shortly. No one knows how powerful the winds and rains will be, but one thing is certain – it’s best to not be living in a tent when they arrive. Tens of thousands of people are still living in temporary shelters following the end of Sri ...

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Peru after the earthquake

Peru after the earthquake

In the course of a few minutes, Peru’s massive 2007 earthquake destroyed everything that some communities had spent years building.Houses collapsed, roads crumbled and essentials such as food and drinking water were suddenly hard to come by for many of the 650,000 people affected. Caritas launched an emergency appeal in the aftermath of the earthquake. ...

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Lessons learned in Tabasco floods

Lessons learned in Tabasco floods

It is a year since heavy rains caused massive floods which affected one million people in Tabasco, Mexico. Caritas was on the ground and made sure people had food, water and shelter during the worst part of the disaster. Once the emergency was over, Caritas turned its focus to building people’s knowledge and resources to face any ...

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Stories of hope from Bangladesh

Stories of hope from Bangladesh

She is a sweet baby. All people in the neighbourhood love her. She is Sidora Folia. She was born in the fateful night of Sidr. Cyclone Sidr hit Bangladesh on November 15, 2007, killing over 3,000 people, causing a billion dollars of destruction and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. Previous storms had killed people in ...

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