Red Cross Stories : Emergencies and Disasters Worldwide

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Emergencies and Disasters Worldwide

Red Cross staff assist a woman as they walk down a road.

Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal urgently requires winterization support as temperatures plummet

December 08, 2022 - As Canadians, we know how dangerous freezing temperatures can be. For people in Ukraine who are braving the continued armed conflict, figuring out how to survive the winter is a dire concern.  


Conflict in Ukraine could have dire humanitarian consequences

February 24, 2022 - People living in Ukraine and near the line of contact have already endured almost eight years of conflict, and continue to experience violence, trauma, and economic hardship.

Man in medical mask pulling injured person on stretcher

Red Cross providing humanitarian assistance in occupied Palestinian territories

May 21, 2021 - The long-standing humanitarian crisis in the occupied Palestinian territories continues to worsen and the needs are immense.

A woman wearing a medical mask sits surrounded by Indian Red Cross Society boxes.

Red Cross responds as COVID-19 cases surge in India

April 28, 2021 - The situation in India is critical. As COVID-19 cases continue to surge, the effects of the pandemic are being felt across the country, and the need for assistance is vast – especially for the most vulnerable.

A red cross worker wearing PPE provides bandages a civilian's hand in the streets.

The Philippines devastated by back-to-back typhoons

November 17, 2020 - The Philippines have been hit by two massive typhoons within approximately one week.

Lebanese Red Cross workers walk away from the camera, responding to explosion.

Canadians contribute $10.6 million to date to assist with Red Cross response in Lebanon

September 05, 2020 - Canadians are always generous in times of disasters and emergencies, that is clear yet again in response to the Beirut explosion.

A group of people unload items from a truck.

The Lebanese Red Cross responds to a deepening crisis

August 05, 2020 - On Tuesday, August 4 a massive explosion shook Lebanon’s capital of Beirut. Buildings were leveled, cars tossed into the air, windows and doorways blown out. Reports indicated that the blast was felt as far away as Cyprus, more than 200KM away. 

2 Red Cross Society of China volunteers wearing full protective equipment beside an emergency van.

COVID-19 - Novel Coronavirus Facts frequently asked questions

May 14, 2020 - COVID-19 coronavirus facts, including symptoms and prevention tips from the Canadian Red Cross.

A Red Cross aid worker organizes bags.

Red Cross assists with global coronavirus response as outbreak declared international health emergency

January 31, 2020 - As the 2019-nCoV Novel-Coronavirus outbreak continues spreading beyond China, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has scaled up preparedness efforts to support people who are most vulnerable to the outbreak in Asia Pacific and beyond. 

A Red Cross volunteer holds boxes with supplies.

Philippines volcano: Red Cross prepares for the worst

January 14, 2020 -

Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated after Taal volcano in Batangas, the Philippines, began spewing ash on January 12 and lava in the early hours of January 13.