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Hurricane Maria Relief

Updated on September 25, 2017

On the heels of Hurricane Irma's path of destruction through the eastern Caribbean, these same islands faced a new threat: Hurricane Maria. Maria made landfall as a Category 5 storm on the island of Dominica where 27 deaths have been confirmed. The hurricane then continued on to directly hit the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico as a Category 4. The full extent of the devastation in Puerto Rico is still being assessed, but most buildings are damaged or destroyed, and millions are without power or communications.

South Asia Flood Relief

An estimated 41 million people throughout Bangladesh, India, and Nepal have been affected by unusually severe monsoon rains that have swept through the region this summer. The flooding – the worst South Asia has experienced in over a decade – has submerged vast areas of land and destroyed homes, schools, health centers, crops and livestock. Millions are displaced, and the death toll has reached over 1,400, with many people still missing.

Hurricane Irma Relief

Updated on September 11, 2017

Hurricane Irma will go down in history as the most potent Atlantic Ocean hurricane ever recorded. It left at least 26 people dead and thousands homeless across the Caribbean. The U.S. Virgin Islands suffered catastrophic damage. As a Category 4 storm, Irma also made landfall in the Florida Keys. It dumped rain across the entirety of Florida causing massive destruction and leaving millions without power.

Hurricane Harvey Relief

Updated on September 8, 2017

Hurricane Harvey is the state of Texas's worst storm in more than 50 years. The death toll related to the storm is relatively low at 70 people. However, Harvey and its record-setting rains caused severe damage in many parts of Texas and Louisiana. The recovery and rebuilding efforts in Harvey's aftermath are expected to take years.

Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts

CharityWatch announces a list of highly efficient charities involved in efforts to provide emergency relief and humanitarian assistance to earthquake victims in Nepal.

Following the devastating earthquakes that hit Nepal in late April and early May, relief efforts to provide food and shelter are likely to be needed for the three months following the earthquakes. Up to two million survivors will need basic relief, such as tents, tarpaulin sheets, toilets, dry food, and safe drinking water.

The earthquake has killed thousands of people in Nepal, and dozens in neighboring India, Tibetan China, and Bangladesh. Thousands more have been injured and are displaced in the aftermath of the earthquake.

Nepal is one of the poorest countries in Asia, so relief efforts and reconstruction will be largely dependent on aid from international governments and nonprofits.

In addition to the human devastation, many of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Nepal have been irreparably damaged.

Famine Relief Efforts in South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia

Famine was declared in two areas of South Sudan in February 2017. This is the first famine to be declared in the world in over 6 years. Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia are also at risk for famine. A famine is declared by the United Nations when extreme criteria are met. These criteria include: at least 20% of households face extreme food shortages; acute malnutrition rates exceed 33%; and a death rate that is more than two persons per every 100,000 each day. Tens of millions of people are in need of food, but unfortunately are at the mercy of overwhelmed aid systems, continuing wars and widespread conflict.

In Yemen, over 7 million people need emergency food aid. Northeastern Nigeria faces severe acute malnutrition as at least 5 million people face the risk of famine. Somalia is currently in its second year of drought causing crops to fail. In South Sudan, the country's government and the United Nations have warned that over 100,000 people are facing starvation with an additional one million more at risk for famine. Currently, more than 40% of South Sudan's population (4.9 million people) has been described as severly food insecure, according to IPC, an international multi-agency initiative. Funding for aid is urgently needed in all of these countries.

Uganda Emergency Relief

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities offering aid to the estimated 1.6 million displaced Ugandans.

Darfur Emergency Relief

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities offering aid to the estimated 2 million people that have fled to refugee camps.

Iraq Crisis Support

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities offering aid to the millions of people facing displacement, water shortages, power outages, and health epidemics.

Indonesia Natural Disaster Relief

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities currently offering services to the victims of the recent earthquake, tsunami, and volcanic eruptions that struck in Indonesia.

Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities involved in continuing Haitian relief efforts following the 2010 earthquake and the ongoing cholera epidemic.

East African Relief Efforts

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities involved in efforts to provide relief to victims of the famine in the Horn of Africa.

West African Hunger Relief

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities involved in efforts to provide relief to victims of the hunger crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa.

Syrian Humanitarian Relief

The extremely violent conflicts that began in Syria in March 2011 have claimed the lives of at least 470,000 people. As many as 13.5 million people in the region are in need of emergency assistance. As of early 2017, the violence has displaced 6.3 million people within Syria. According to the United Nations High Commisioner for Refugees, 5 million Syrians are registered as refugees seeking assistance in neighboring countries—including Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey—and the total number of people fleeing Syria may be much higher than that. Distribution of aid within Syria is difficult, and the large number of refugees into neighboring countries has overwhelmed social service providers.


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