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“They Need Urgent Help”: Nearly Twelve Million People Affected by Typhoon Haiyan

In the Philippines, the already staggering number of people impacted by the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan keeps growing: across the country, some 11.8 million people have been affected, nearly one million of whom have been displaced from their homes.

On the Ground in the Philippines: “The Situation is Terrible.”

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, Action Against Hunger’s teams have been working tirelessly to provide aid to vulnerable areas. Yesterday, we deployed an emergency response team from Manila to receive the second cargo plane carrying 21 tons of water and sanitation equipment and food rations into Tacloban. These emergency supplies are desperately needed: this devastating storm has left more than 11 million people without food, water, or shelter.

Nine Million in Need of Aid in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan

Seventy-two hours after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, Action Against Hunger teams continue to deliver and scale up emergency humanitarian aid to affected populations. Our teams in Tacloban, Bohol and Masbate have identified the most vulnerable areas. It is estimated that some nine million people are currently in need of lifesaving assistance.

Typhoon Haiyan’s Devastating Violence Leaves Millions in Need across the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda in the Philippines) crossed the Philippines with devastating violence two days ago, leaving behind untold destruction and an initial estimate of 1,200 deaths that early evidence suggests may exceed 10,000. An estimated 4.3 million survivors have lost everything and are in need of immediate assistance, with some regions completely cut off from humanitarian assistance. 

Impending Winter Threatens the Survival of Syrian Refugees

As the crisis in Syria continues to escalate, the already staggering number of refugees is still climbing. It is now estimated that there are more than four million internally displaced people in Syria, and more than two million people who have fled to neighboring countries. To meet the needs of this growing population, Action Against Hunger is expanding its programs in the region.

Syria's Refugees: "We Saw the Dead at Our Feet"

Editor’s Note: The following was recounted by Florian Seriex, an Action Against Hunger communications specialist on site during a recent program assessment in the Syrian neighbor nation of Jordan.

Mahmoud’s hair was unkempt, his face covered in stubble, and his clothes wrinkled when we met him—he wore his life as a Syrian refugee quite literally on his sleeve. He wanted us to meet his family, in fact he insisted. He disappeared briefly, but came back to give us his phone number, address, and detailed directions.

Staggering and Sobering: Syrian Refugee Total Tops Two Million

Samia* silently sits on the floor, surrounded by tobacco leaves that have been left to dry in the sun.  Her wrinkly hands slowly and gently place the leaves in a heap as she gazes into space. The only noise is that of children playing in the distance.

Monsoon Rains Reach Pakistan, Causing Heavy Losses

Heavy monsoon rains across Pakistan have triggered flash floods, killed 83 people, and caused thousands to lose their homes since the beginning of August. According to The United Nations Office for the Coordination on Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), the rains have also led to an extensive loss of crops, property, and livelihoods, and been responsible for widespread damages to infrastructure.

Thousands of Families Devastated by Floods in Northern India

Approximately 5,000 people have been killed by severe floods in the Indian state of Uttarakhand over the past two weeks, with torrential rains devastating thousands of lives and leaving 3,000 people still missing.

Although the monsoon season has just started, extreme weather over the last fortnight has affected more than 180 villages and destroyed 1,000 homes in north India.  The extreme rains have caused two key rivers to rise and pour over the region, increasing the risk of waterborne disease.

Syrian Crisis: “The Biggest Humanitarian Challenge We Face Worldwide”

Today is World Refugee Day—a time to recognize the struggle of families who have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict or disaster. Action Against Hunger works to restore stability for countless refugees across the globe, including those who have fled Syria in recent months because of growing conflict.

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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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