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Following a devastating earthquake, the Nepal Red Cross is working fast to rescue many people trapped in collapsed buildings.

Across the Kathmandu Valley, hundreds of thousands of people have been given useful earthquake preparedness information. Thousands more have been trained in first aid, and light search and rescue techniques.

There are emergency supply kits – enough for thousands of families – pre-positioned around the city ready for distribution.

Disaster fund

Nobody can predict the exact location of the next earthquake, cyclone, 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
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.

Cameroon February 2015 £160,000 Population displacement(more info)
Woman in Cameroon
Disaster: As conflict continues in Nigeria, thousands of people have taken refuge in neighbouring countries. There are currently more than 48,000 refugees in Cameroon. The country is also facing food shortages and cases of malaria, cholera and polio.

For: Supporting the needs of refugees and asylum seekers.

Ukraine February 2015 £100,000 Conflict (more info)
Smiling Red Cross volunteer with emergency supplies
Disaster: Violence in Ukraine has affected more than 5 million people and around 1.5 million have been forced to leave their homes. There is a shortage of food and medical care and people are living through winter without enough food or proper shelter.

For:Improving the living conditions of people severely affected by the conflict.

Our news story: New help for Ukraine as violence worsens
South Sudan February 2015 £775,000 Conflict (more info)
Residents ride a boat to cross a river following the earthquake
Disaster: Ongoing violence in South Sudan has forced almost two million people from their homes, according to UN estimates. IPC figures estimate 2.5 million people are facing food shortages as the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate.

For: Providing aid to people who have been left in an extremely vulnerable position by the conflict and humanitarian situation.

Our news story: South Sudan crisis – staring into the abyss

 

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.

Aid workers are rushing to help after Cyclone Pam brought death and destruction to hundreds of Pacific islands this weekend.

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

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