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Emergency Response

Field Surveys Show Massive Harvest Losses in Coastal Bangladesh

With Cyclone Sidr’s devastating human toll continuing to climb past 5,000 (with more than 3 million people affected), Action Against Hunger’s field teams have just announced more disquieting news: initial field surveys suggest upwards of 95% of all harvests were lost in the coastal regions of Bangladesh. Beyond the cyclone’s immediate devastation, the near total destruction of once productive lands exacerbates the crisis by threatening future self-sufficiency in the region.

Saving Lives in Bangladesh: Emergency Response to Cyclone Sidr

In response to the devastating cyclone that touched down in southern Bangladesh on November 15, international humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger (ACF) has dispatched emergency crews and life-saving materials to the region to supplement teams already on the ground at the time of the disaster. A natural disaster of significant proportions, the cyclone has killed more than 3,000 people to date and left a swath of destruction affecting some 3 million people.

ACF Airlifts Water and Sanitation Material into Nicaragua

Action Against Hunger’s team is working in coordination with other international and local organizations to guarantee that the population will have access to drinking water. In Sahsa, the most affected area in the Nicaraguan coast, the five gravity-fed water systems have collapsed. Besides the lack of water, a plague of rats increased the risk of transmission of diseases.

ACF Mobilizes for Post-Felix Evaluation in Central America

According to the organization’s Emergency Observatory, the unexpected change in the path of the hurricane in Nicaragua could have severe consequences for the people who did not have time to prepare for the force of the impact.

“We still do not know the spread of the impact in Nicaragua although we know that it will be an emergency. We have evacuated our team in the region of Somoto and we are doing the first evaluation of the damage,” explains Mayte Martín Serra, manager of Action Against Hunger’s mission for Central America.

Peru: Rebuilding Vital Water Networks Will Take Months

Responding to the devastation caused in Peru by the August 15 earthquake, Action Against Hunger’s emergency response team is on the ground in Cañete, Chincha, and Pisco to assess the level of destruction to the water and sanitation infrastructure in the areas most affected by the quake.

Devastating Floods Sweep Bangladesh

Though water levels continue to subside following the devastating floods in Bangladesh, affected populations remain in a precarious situation. Access to water and hygiene is still limited, risking outbreaks of disease and epidemics. In light of this, Action Against Hunger is launching an emergency operation in Shariatpur district, south of Dhaka.

Emergency Response in the Wake of Peru’s Devastating Earthquake

Following the Peruvian government’s call for emergency assistance, Action Against Hunger-Spain is sending a team of three representatives—an emergency coordinator, a logistician, and a water and sanitation technician—to areas most affected by the August 15th earthquake. Their objective is to execute a rapid assessment of needs related to water and sanitation in the areas most affected by the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that shook the coast of Peru on Wednesday, causing at least 450 deaths.

Emergency Response to Pakistan Flooding

In response to severe flooding in Pakistan, Action Against Hunger participated in joint assessments of conditions in Pakistan's Sindh and Balochistan provinces during the last week of June and in early July. Operations on the ground were established in Larkana on July 18th.

Darfur: Political Solution Essential to Achieving Security

Witnessing the atrocities committed against Darfur’s population on a daily basis, Action Against Hunger’s teams are among the few NGO’s still present in this hard-hit province in Sudan. From its presence on the ground, the following can be concluded: as the conflict is spreading and the number of instigators of violence increases, an armed and non-negotiated intervention would seem dangerous. An intervention would most likely make an already bad situation even worse, triggering yet more violence. Somalia and Iraq have demonstrated this.

Philippines Emergency: Urgent Need of Food and Water

Action Against Hunger experts are already in South Camarines, one of the areas most affected by Typhoon Durian.

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Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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