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Disaster Fund

Help the Red Cross prepare for disasters. Your donation will be used to help people in crisis across the world.

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Support the Disaster Fund:

Nobody can predict the exact location of the next hurricane, 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
Haiti October 2016 £25,000 Hurricane (more info)

Boy holding buckets
Disaster: On 4 October 2016, Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti, affecting over two million people and causing widespread damage.

For: Providing emergency relief items, including hygiene kits and plastic buckets.

Lake Chad October 2016 £207,094 Conflict (more info)
Ashe holds her two-year-old daughter, Amahani, in Muna informal camp
Disaster: For five years, there has been on-going fighting in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. With 21 million people affected, there is an urgent need of assistance.

For: Helping to distribute food, build shelters and provide access to vital healthcare for those who so urgently need assistance.

Bangladesh June 2016 £152,253 Tropical cyclone (more info)

A little Bangladeshi girl carried by her mother. In the bacnkground, a Red Crescent volunteer carries out a needs assessement.
Disaster: Cyclone Roanu hit Bangladesh on 21 May 2016, destroying homes and crops and leaving thousands of people in desperate need of emergency relief.

For: Providing urgently needed shelter and medical assistance to people affected by the cyclone, and supporting families to recover their livelihoods.

Timor Leste June 2016 £75,000 Drought (more info)

Timor Leste Red Cross volunteer showing a young boy how to wash his hands using soap and water.
Disaster: A severe drought has left an estimated 120,000 people suffering from critical food and water shortages.

For: Emergency food aid and clean water for affected families, alongside longer term work with local communities around sanitation, disease prevention and livelihood support.

Ecuador May 2016 £139,690 Earthquake (more info)

Disaster: Over 600 people have died and thousands more have been left homeless after a devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Ecuador on 18 April 2016.

For: Emergency aid for affected families, including shelter, medical assistance, clean water and livelihoods support to help rebuild communities.

Fiji April 2016 £50,000 Tropical cyclone(more info)

Fiji Red Cross Society volunteer and child walking through houses devastated by the tropical cyclone
Disaster: On 20 February 2016, Fiji was hit by a devastating tropical cyclone. Thousands of homes were destroyed, leaving an estimated 350,000 people in desperate need of shelter, safe water and hygiene supplies.

For: Providing emergency assistance to people affected by the cyclone, reuniting separated families and helping to rebuild communities in the long term.

Lesotho February 2016 £200,000 Food insecurity (more info)

Farmers in Lesotho hold food
Disaster: Lesotho is in a state of emergency following the lowest rainfall in 15 years, which has led to chronic drought and food shortages across the country. An estimated 400,000 people are in need of immediate assistance, and there are also fears that the effect of the drought on fresh water supplies will increase the risk of disease outbreaks in already vulnerable communities.

For: Providing emergency water and food aid to affected families; seed distribution and agricultural training for farmers; and health and hygiene promotion to ensure consumption of safe and clean water.

Zimbabwe October 2015 £67,200 Food insecurity (more info)

Young child in Zimbabwe drinking from a mug
Disaster: In a country already suffering from chronic food insecurity, severe flooding earlier this year followed by a prolonged dry spell have resulted in critical crop shortages. Vulnerable rural communities are struggling with hunger and an estimated 1.5 million people are in urgent need of food aid this winter.

For: Providing emergency food relief to affected families, alongside nutrition and livelihoods support, safe water, sanitation and hygiene promotion.

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
Nepal April 2015 £50,000 Earthquake (more info)
YWoman siting in rubble

Disaster: Nepal was hit by a large earthquake on 25 April 2015. Over eight million people were affected with homes being destroyed and a shortage of food and water. 

For: Providing food and non-food items, as well as water and sanitation and shelter kits.

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.

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Latest Disaster Fund news

Vital relief supplies are reaching up to 20,000 people affected by serious flooding in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea.

In Ukraine, the Red Cross is helping thousands of families with food and other essential supplies.

Within hours of the earthquake that struck on 16 April, the Ecuadorian Red Cross has begun responding to the emergency.


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