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Extreme weather events

As you read this, violent storms are devastating lives across the world.

With Hurricane Florence having ravaged the Carolinas in the US, millions of people also lie in the path of typhoon Mangkhut, a severe storm that has torn through the Philippines.

Right now, our teams are stretched across the globe – operating in Indonesia, the Lake Chad Basin, Kenya and Ethiopia as well as responding to the conflict in Syria and Iraq.

In this busy time, our resources are severely limited. We rely on our incredible supporters to fund our vital work providing shelter in times of disaster and go where the need is most desperate.

We’re impatient to respond – wherever we’re needed in the world – but we need your help.

Typhoon Mangkhut

Also known as Ompong in the Philippines, Typhoon Mangkhut has ripped through the Philippines' main island of Luzon. Its high winds and torrential rains have damaged almost all buildings in the city of Tuguegarao.

Thousands of people have been evacuated amid warnings of 6m (20ft) storm surges, including those who have been displaced several times due to the monsoon rains last July and August. 

The Philippines is one of the world’s worst disaster-affected countries. We have responded there 24 times in 13 years - more frequently than any other country. 

In December 2017, Tropical Storms also brought devastation to the Philippines, triggering destructive mudslides and flooding.  See how we responded.

Our teams are on the way to help families at risk of losing everything. We're already speaking with our Rotary contacts in the area to understand how we can help as quickly as possible.

You can send the aid families need. Weatherproof family tents and shelter, practical tools to rebuild homes, solar lights to combat power cuts and mosquito nets to prevent deadly diseases. Help us save lives by donating now.


Hurricane Matthew devastates the Caribbean - credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project

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We are monitoring activity from our Headquarters to ensure that we are ready to respond next time a disaster strikes.

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In the last few weeks we have seen devastation around the world. We're working hard to stem the damage and bring back peace to people's lives.