Update: Tiina Saarikoski is in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, where thousands of people fleeing violence in Myanmar are arriving daily. They have crossed mountains, and walked for days in the rain and mud, often without food.
Two weeks after Hurricane Irma devastated Barbuda, people just want to go home. But it could be months before the island, where 95% of homes and buildings were damaged or destroyed, is ready for people to return.
Rehana struggled across mountains, through the rain and mud, for three days to reach Bangladesh. Heavily pregnant, she and her husband slept for two days on the side of the road once they finally crossed the border. But tragedy was still to come.
Every day, 200 women visit the clinic of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society(BDRCS). Doctors are seeing high numbers of pregnant women forced to flee...
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415,000 people have arrived from Rakhine state to Bangladesh in the last few weeks, making this one of the largest and most complex crises in the region in decades. Bangladesh Red Crescent Society(BDRCS) volunteers and staff are on the ground, doing all they can to support people as they arrive.
Sound on: Red Cross volunteers and staff are once again on high alert across the Caribbean as Hurricane Maria tears through the region. Phone lines are down in Dominica which took the full brunt of the Hurricane. We're anticipating serious impact – perhaps comparable to Irma’s impact on Barbuda.
#HurricaneMaria hit Dominica this morning as a catastrophic category 5 hurricane. But what does that mean? Take a look at why the shift from a forecast category 3 hurricane to a category 5 is so much worse.
Hurricane Irma cut a swath of destruction through the Caribbean. It impacted communities in more than a dozen Caribbean nations and Island territories, destroying or severely damaging thousands of buildings, and claiming at least 28 lives. We take a look at St Maarten, where 70% of homes and buildings were destroyed or damaged.
Our teams in Cox’s Bazar have confirmed that people are pouring into Bangladesh every day. They arrive hungry and dehydrated, but there isn’t enough food for everyone. We’re distributing emergency food and water, and medical care. But we need to do more.
Every day, 1000s of people from Rakhine state, Myanmar, are crossing the border into Bangladesh. People are arriving in desperate need of food, water, shelter and medical care after travelling for days through rain and mud to reach the Cox's Bazar region close to the border, the main destination for people fleeing Rakhine. We're working with Bangladesh Red Crescent Society(BDRCS) to provide...
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Our mobile medical teams have made it to remote villages in Bangladesh, where many villages were cut off from the world after catastrophic floods swept the country 3 weeks. We have 20 teams treating flood survivors who have so far been unable to reach medical facilities. The teams are seeing up to 200 patients a day, as contaminated water is increasing the risk of waterborne diseases.
Hurricane Irma is proving to be one of the most destructive storms in recent Caribbean history. It has already impacted communities in more than a dozen Caribbean nations and Island territories. We estimate that 1.2 million people have been exposed to the effects of the hurricane, and this number is rising as the hurricane progresses. We've launched an emergency appeal to support 500 families...
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