Nobody can predict where the next flood, earthquake or conflict will happen. But wherever it is - in the UK or overseas, 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
||Food insecurity(more info)|
Disaster: The people of Zimbabwe are facing chronic food insecurity and the situation has deteriorated in recent years due to prolonged dry spells, erratic rainfall and households having limited access to seeds for planting.
According to a national report, a projected 2.2 million people will need food assistance at the height of the crisis in March 2014 - a 32 per cent increase compared with the previous year.
For: Providing emergency food assistance as well as supporting water, sanitation and hygiene activities.
|Central African Republic
||Conflict (more info)|
: The Central African Republic has descended into turmoil as armed factions carry out coordinated attacks against each other and civilians. An estimated 533,000 people have been forced to leave their homes due to the conflict while more than 450 people were killed during three days of fighting between 5 and 7 December.For
: To help aid workers respond to the changing needs of people affected by the conflict.Our news story
: Central African Republic humanitarian crisis: British Red Cross pledges financial aid
||Earthquake (more info)|
Disaster: The Central Vasayas Earthquake hit the central Philippines on 15 October 2013, killing 222 people. It was the strongest earthquake to hit the region in twenty five years and left 370,000 people homeless. The island of Bohol has been hardest hit, and almost a third of the population is still displaced.
For: To provide shelter materials, and cash grants or vouchers to people affected by the disaster.
||Tropical cyclone(more info)|
: Tropical Cyclone Phailin hit India’s eastern coast on 12 October 2013, and was the second most powerful cyclone to strike the country in recorded history. More than ten million people have been affected and more than 200,000 homes have been damaged. For
: Providing immediate relief to survivors. Our news story
: Cyclone Phailin: ten million people affected and half a million homeless
||Flooding (more info)|
Tropical storms Utor and Trami caused widespread flooding in August 2013, killing 21 people. The lives of 2.5 million people have been affected and 800,000 people have been forced to leave their homes. For
: Providing emergency cash grants to ensure that affected people can prioritise their own needs. Our news story
: Cash to help people struck by devastating floods in the Philippines
||Tropical cyclone(more info)|
Disaster: In May 2013, Tropical Cyclone Mahasen affected more than one million people in Bangladesh. The cyclone caused 17 deaths and completely destroyed almost 30,000 homes. More than one million people were evacuated to cyclone shelters and, although most have now returned to their homes, some remain in temporary make-shift camps.
For: Providing shelter and a regional disaster response team to help people withstand and recover from the effects of the cyclone.
|The Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo
||Population displacement(more info)| Disaster
: Tens of thousands of people are in need of shelter, healthcare and food following violent clashes between armed factions in the Central African Republic. Since December, more than 200,000 people have fled their homes within the Central African Republic. Almost 50,000 people have sought asylum in neighbouring countries, the majority of whom have settled on the Ubangi river, on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.For
: Supporting affected people with emergency first aid and medical kits, and improving access to clean water and sanitation.Our news story
: Conflict affects the entire population of the Central African Republic
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, you can be sure 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.