Red Cross Stories : Emergencies and Disasters Worldwide

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Emergencies and Disasters Worldwide

Red Cross responds to Mexico earthquake

September 20, 2017 - A strong earthquake struck central Mexico on September 19th at approximately 1:15pm local time 12 kilometers southeast of Axochiapan in the state of Morelos. Preliminary reports indicate several buildings in Mexico City and Puebla have suffered serious damage, collapsed bridges and damage to basic infrastructure.
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Red Cross on the ground responding to Hurricane Irma

September 13, 2017 - One of the strongest hurricanes to hit the Caribbean in recent history, Irma’s torrential rains and winds have flooded towns and roads, and destroyed homes and buildings. More than 1.2 million people across the Caribbean have been exposed to its effects so far.
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Red Cross prepared to respond to Hurricane Irma

September 05, 2017 - The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is preparing for a major humanitarian response as Hurricane Irma moves towards the Caribbean.

 


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Red Cross responds to devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey

August 28, 2017 - The threat from Hurricane Harvey is far from over as extremely dangerous flooding continues in Texas and parts of Louisiana. The American Red Cross is working around the clock to provide safe shelter and comfort for the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by this disaster. 
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Government of Canada pledges to match donations for food crisis across Africa

May 31, 2017 - With millions facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in multiple countries including Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the Government of Canada has launched its own Famine Relief Fund and will match every eligible donation made by individual Canadians between March 17 and June 30, 2017. 
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The Nepal Earthquake Two Years On: A long road to recovery

April 25, 2017 - On April 25, 2015, Nepal experienced one of two devastating earthquakes that cost the lives of nearly 9,000 people and left 700,000 families displaced. Canadians were quick to help.
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Red Cross responds to severe drought across Africa

March 10, 2017 - Millions of people are being impacted by one of the worst droughts Africa has experienced in decades. Without urgent action, thousands of vulnerable people will die every day in countries impacted by drought and related food crises.
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Millions of people left hungry due to drought in southern and eastern Africa

February 17, 2017 - The worst drought in decades threatens to leave tens of millions of people in the region of eastern and southern Africa without enough food. In the three countries of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya alone, an estimated 15 million people are currently in need of urgent food assistance. 
 
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For Canadian travellers planning winter getaways south, Zika precautions remain

January 16, 2017 - As many Canadian travellers consider or prepare for winter getaways, the battle against Zika virus is not yet over. While it is no longer a public health emergency, Zika continues to represent an important public health challenge in the Americas and travellers should take precautions. 
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After Hurricane Matthew, the Red Cross responds to cholera

November 24, 2016 - The Government of Haiti, along with partner organizations including the Red Cross, is responding with a vaccination and education campaign to prevent the spread of cholera. 
 
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