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Disaster Fund

Help the Red Cross respond to disasters. Your donation will be used in the UK or overseas.

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Nobody can predict the exact location of the next typhoon, earthquake, flood or violent conflict. But when they happen, the Red Cross must be ready to act as soon as we're needed.

Thanks to the Disaster Fund, we can make sure we're ready to give people the help they need in an emergency – whether it's food, shelter, healthcare, or another form of support


How we have used the funds recently


Area Date Amount Disaster
Ukraine September 2015 £103,500 Civil unrest (more info)

Smiling Red Cross volunteer with emergency supplies
Disaster: Thousands of people have lost their lives and millions more have been displaced by the continuing crisis in eastern Ukraine. Families forced to flee their homes are struggling to survive without basic health care, shelter and clean water.

For: Providing urgently needed humanitarian aid, including medical care, hygiene items, shelter, safe water and food supplies, for families affected by violence and displacement.

Bangladesh September 2015 £65,050 Flooding (more info)
BDRCS volunteer assists people living by the road side.
Disaster: Communities already struggling in the aftermath of severe flash floods in June were hit again by high winds, heavy rain and further flooding. Thousands of homes have been destroyed and 200,000 people are in desperate need of urgent emergency relief.

For: Providing vital emergency aid to the families affected, including clean water, food and shelter.

Pakistan September 2015 £68,050 Flooding (more info)
IFRC volunteers visit flooded areas in Pakistan
Disaster: For the sixth year in a row, monsoon rains and flooding have destroyed houses and farmland. Thousands of families have been left homeless with little or no food and at risk from life threatening diseases.

For: Emergency food supplies, health services, clean drinking water and shelter.

Myanmar August 2015 £100,000 Flooding (more info)
Volunteers ferry an injured person to a healthcare facility
Disaster: More than 1.3 million people have been critically affected by the monsoon floods and landslides during July and August. Almost 300,000 households were forced to evacuate and these families have not been able to return home.

For: Providing emergency relief to the people affected, including shelter, food and hygiene equipment.

Senegal July 2015 £253,242 Food security (more info)
Hassan in bare field
Disaster: Like a number of other countries in the area, Senegal is facing a worsening food and nutrition crisis in 2015. Below average rainfall is exacerbating the need for emergency food assistance.

For: Giving cash to people to provide both access to food, and resilience to future food crises.

Tanzania May 2015 £50,000 Population displacement (more info)
Red Cross volunteer taking refugees' details
Disaster: Political unrest has resulted in over 100,000 people fleeing Burundi into Tanzania, Rwanda and DRC. A growing cholera outbreak is exacerbating the need of those fleeing the violence.

For: Medical supplies, water, sanitation and emergency shelter for people affected by the ongoing violence.

Italy May 2015 £94,000 Mediterranean migrant crisis (more info)
Red Cross volunteer holding a young boy
Disaster: Thousands of migrants have died making the dangerous sea crossing from Africa to Europe. Over 5,000 people are thought to have lost their lives trying to reach Europe in the last 18 months.

For: Helping survivors of migrant boat journeys get food, clean water and emergency health care as soon as they reach Italy.

Our news story: Food and water for migrant boat survivors
Yemen April 2015 £273,600 Conflict (more info)
Young Yemeni boy with bandaged hands
Disaster: Millions of people in Yemen need urgent help following deadly clashes and air strikes. The fighting has left hundreds dead and many more injured. Supplies of food and medicine are running low, and violence has made it harder to get aid to people who need it.

For: Medical supplies, water and sanitation for people affected by the ongoing violence.

Western Sahel March 2015 £50,000 Food shortages (more info)
Residents ride a boat to cross a river following the earthquake
Disaster: The Sahel region in Africa has been left vulnerable by recurring food crises in the past decade. Recently the situation has deteriorated due to late onset of rains. Crops have been damaged, while conflicts in the region and the impact of the Ebola outbreak have also compounded the crisis.

For: Providing aid to people affected by the food shortages.

Our news story: Acute food shortages hit countries in Africa’s Sahel region
Malawi February 2015 £117,063 Flooding (more info)
Women walking through flooded farm land
Disaster: Flooding in Malawi has affected more than one million people and at least 230,000 people have been forced to leave their homes. Those affected by the flooding are in need of shelter, food, clean water and medical supplies.

For: Providing emergency assistance to people affected by the flooding.

Niger February 2015 £60,000 Population displacement (more info)
Two men in Niger
Disaster: As conflict continues in Nigeria, thousands of people have taken refuge in neighbouring countries. In January 2015, the number of refugees in Niger was approximately 105,000 – by February 2015 it had increased to 166,000.

For: Supporting the needs of refugees and asylum seekers.


Without the generosity of people like you, we wouldn't have been able to be there and make a difference to thousands of people when they most needed help. By supporting our Disaster Fund, your money will be used as soon as it is needed, anywhere in the world.

Help us save lives the next time disaster strikes. Please donate today.

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Latest Disaster Fund news

The British Red Cross has pledged £490,000 to bring aid to cyclone-hit Vanuatu and nearby countries.

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Nearly one million people have been made homeless by fighting in South Sudan.


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