Turkey and Syria have been struck by a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which has caused thousands of deaths. Your support is needed now.
What is happening in Syria and Turkey?
Thousands of people have been killed after a catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southeast Turkey (officially known as Türkiye) and Syria, followed by another large earthquake only hours later.
- Thousands of deaths have been reported in Turkey and Syria, and the death toll is increasing by the hour.
- Freezing winter weather is only adding to the devastation, as the thousands left injured, trapped or homeless are stuck in bitter cold and freezing rain.
- The quakes caused devastation in rebel-held northwest Syria, where entire buildings collapsed, leaving people trapped under the rubble.
The time to act is now.
EMERGENCY APPEAL - UKRAINE
Ukraine Crisis Appeal
In a matter of weeks, millions of people have fled the conflict in Ukraine.
Our long-standing partner, Caritas Ukraine, is on the ground, supporting people in need during this unfolding humanitarian crisis.
Help provide urgent humanitarian assistance including shelter, food, clean water, medicine and psychological support to people affected by this crisis.
Donate today at www.caritas.org.au/ukraine or call 1800 024 413 toll free.
Keep up to date on the latest activities by Caritas agencies on the ground - www.caritas.org.au/ukraine-news
Emergency Response Appeal
Phillippines - Typhoon 16-12-2021
Over 200 casualties and 780,000 impacted by Typhoon Rai in the Philippines
At least 200 people were killed and a further 780,000 impacted by Typhoon Rai, which slammed into the Philippines with wind gusts of up to 235 km/h last Thursday, 16 December.
The typhoon brought torrential rain, strong winds, flash floods, landslides and extensive damage to homes and livelihoods across five regions, and over 300,000 people were evacuated.
The extensive damage, coupled with the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, has made emergency response challenging: roads are impassable, and whole areas have lost power, communications and access to clean water. Hundreds of thousands of people are stranded without access to basic infrastructure.
“More than 780,000 people have been impacted, and a lot of these people are currently living below the poverty line – which in the Philippines is the low figure of USD $3.20 a day,” says Aloysius Canete, Caritas Australia’s Global Humanitarian Emergencies Lead. “At least 400,000 will need urgent relief for shelter, food, clean water and medicine.”
“This typhoon was the worst so far in 2021, and it’s really tough for communities to rebuild during a pandemic because everything becomes more complicated – getting to impacted communities and providing emergency supplies quickly and safely is so much harder.”
“There are already major shortages because of supply-chain disruptions, and healthcare services are running virtually on empty after two years of the virus. Very strict and long-running lockdowns mean families have lost large amounts of income over the past two years and they have much less money and resources to rebuild than they normally would.”
“Right now, we’re hearing reports that some communities might be waiting for weeks for their power to be restored, and they don’t know when the water supply will return,” says Fr Tony Labiao, Caritas Philippines’ Executive Secretary.
“It is not just the days after a typhoon that are difficult - the recovery process can stretch weeks, months, and in many cases, even years. I anticipate that the recovery from this typhoon will be long and difficult, and require a lot of coordination and effort from our partner Caritas Philippines, the government, and other local and international organisations.”
“Thankfully, the Caritas Philippines Humanitarian Team was monitoring the typhoon three days before it landed, and they were in contact with our church network to get information out to communities to prepare for the typhoon - including setting aside churches as evacuation centres. The Philippines is a strongly Catholic country, which means that working through church networks is an effective way to reach communities who live in remote areas, or very poor communities that might not have a lot of access to resources.”
“There is immediate and urgent need on the ground for shelter, food, clean water and medicine.”
Our partner Caritas Philippines is currently assessing needs on the ground in the affected areas. Caritas Australia has pledged to support the Philippines through the Asia Emergency Appeal, to support the emergency response and rebuilding efforts after Typhoon Rai.
Visit www.caritas.org.au/donate/emergency-appeals/asia/ or call 1800 024 413 toll free to provide much needed support to the Philippines by donating to our Asia Emergency Appeal.
Media contact: Jessica Stone
Emergency Response Appeal
Lebanon - Humanitarian emergency in Lebanon reaches crisis point
Lebanon has reached boiling point from enduring a series of crises that have been escalating over the past 18 months. Today, the population faces a dire humanitarian crisis with the country rapidly running out of power, water, fuel, medicine and food.
Caritas Australia continues to support Caritas Lebanon with both emergency and long-term response.
Visit caritas.org.au/lebanon or call 1800 024 413 toll free to provide much needed support.
Media contact: Jessica Stone 0490 684 867