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Three wildfires have displaced hundreds of thousands of people and have destroyed thousands of homes and buildings. The Camp Fire in Northern California’s Sierra Nevada foothills has become the state’s most destructive wildfire on record, as well as the state’s deadliest wildfire since the 1933 Griffith Park wildfire. The town of Paradise was virtually obliterated with nearly 7,000 structures ravaged. Statewide, at least 31 people have died, and over 200 people are missing.
|Hurricane Michael Relief
Updated on October 12, 2018
Hurricane Michael will go down in history as the third strongest hurricane to hit the United States. Michael made landfall on October 10th with winds of 155 mph. High winds, rains and flash floods ravaged several states, as far north as Virginia. The violent storm devastated the Southeast, causing death and destruction from Florida to Virginia. Some coastal Florida cities were destroyed beyond recognition.
|Typhoon Mangkhut Relief
Typhoon Mangkhut is the world’s strongest storm so far in 2018, at one point measuring 550 miles wide. The powerful super typhoon brought heavy rains, strong winds, storm surges, and landslides, leaving a trail of destruction across Southeast Asia. Mangkhut pummeled Hong Kong and caused more than 2.45 million people to be evacuated in China’s Guangdong province. The hardest hit was the Philippines where the storm destroyed homes, flooded large areas of the countryside, and devastated the rice fields of farmers.
|Hurricane Florence Relief
Updated on September 18, 2018
Hurricane Florence, one of the strongest storms to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades, made landfall in North Carolina in the early hours of September 14th as a Category 1 storm. Florence caused catastrophic and historic flooding in some parts of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Some areas were hit with over 30 inches of rainfall. As of September 18th, 32 storm-related deaths were reported, and about 500,000 homes and businesses were without power in North and South Carolina. Tens of thousands of homes were damaged.
|Puerto Rico Relief – Hurricane Maria Aftermath
Hurricane Maria directly hit the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico in September of 2017 as an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm. It was the first and strongest Category 4 or higher to hit the island in nearly 80 years. The official government death toll in Puerto Rico is listed at 64, but a recent study from the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that more than 4,600 “excess deaths” occurred in the aftermath of the storm. Even today, the effects of Maria are still being felt. The damage from the hurricane will likely plague the island and its residents for years to come.
|Rohingya Refugee Crisis
Updated on July 9, 2018
As of May 2018, more than 900,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmar’s Rakhine State to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh for safety, and the violence inflicted by the military in Myanmar continues to escalate. The mass exodus of refugees in the region since August of 2017 has made this the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world.
The U.N. has called this crisis a "clear case of ethnic cleansing" as the Myanmar military has launched brutal attacks on Rohingya villages in Rakhine. As a mostly Muslim minority in the Buddhist-majority Rakhine, the Rohingya are not welcome in the country they called home, Myanmar, and are unwanted by neighboring countries.
|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.
|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.
|Yemen: Humanitarian Relief
Yemen has been added to the United Nations list of severe humanitarian emergencies, with twenty one million citizens in need of urgent help. Approximately 13 million Yemeni people are hungry and 15 million have no access to health care. An ongoing bombing campaign by Saudi Arabia began in March 2015. The armed conflict has claimed an estimated 3,000 lives, and is the biggest obstacle for relief groups attempting to reach the Yemeni people most in need of aid.
CharityWatch announces a list of highly efficient charities involved in efforts to provide emergency relief and humanitarian assistance to the people of Yemen.
|Ebola Virus Epidemic: Best Way for Donors to Help
As of mid-September 2014, more than 4,784 people have been sickened and at least 2,400 have died. Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit, with cases in Nigeria as well. The current epidemic is spreading more widely than previous Ebola outbreaks, with inadequate access to health care in the countries affected making it particularly difficult to bring the epidemic under control.
While the United States and other world governments have made large pledges for treatment and prevention of the virus, the groups that are working to contain the virus are urgently in need of critical monetary assistance.
|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.
|Pakistani Flood Relief
CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities involved in Pakistan flood relief efforts.
|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.
|Chilean Earthquake Relief Efforts
CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities currently involved, or preparing to become involved, in Chilean earthquake relief efforts.
|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.
|Afghanistan Humanitarian Aid
CharityWatch posts its list of the top-rated charities currently offering aid services to the Afghan people.