On November 16, Hurricane Iota made landfall as a category 5 storm with sustained winds of nearly 155 mph. This comes just two weeks after Hurricane Eta brought heavy rains, severe flooding, and landslides to many of the same areas. An estimated 4.9 million people were affected by Hurricane Eta alone and more than 260,000 people across Latin America have sought the safety of evacuation shelters.
Here are four ways USAID is helping communities affected by Hurricanes Eta and Iota:
On November 3, Eta — the 28th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season — made landfall in Central America, unleashing heavy winds, rain, and severe flooding and landslides across the region. Thousands of people have been evacuated, and tens of thousands have been affected by the devastation.
Here are three ways we are responding to help communities across Central America affected by Tropical Storm Eta:
After the 2010 Haiti earthquake struck, not only did USAID help put a roof over the heads of people affected, we also worked with communities to build a new, more durable vision for their neighborhoods to withstand future disasters.
The word home conjures all sorts of meaning: family, friends, warmth, comfort. We think that the word shelter should mean more, too. After a disaster hits, shelter is typically identified as an immediate humanitarian need. But to us, shelter is more than four walls and a roof.
For years, USAID has worked with people affected by disasters to help them through the immediate aftermath. However, USAID also helps neighborhoods and larger settlements think of their future and partners with communities to work through longer-term issues and find better ways to integrate other types of assistance — such as water, sanitation, health, and protection — so that these settlements can be better and stronger than they were before. We call this a “neighborhood approach.” On World Cities Day, we celebrate how this approach helped a neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, Haiti build back safer. …
Most of us will experience a devastating torrent once in our lifetime, or at worst only once a decade. But the odds are much greater in Bangladesh, where almost every year floods, cyclones, and landslides put vulnerable people at risk and force tens of thousands of people to flee to safety. This year was no exception, as historic floods covered over 40 percent of the country.
How do people cope when houses, livestock, and livelihoods are relentlessly and tragically swept away?
Unusually heavy rains have pounded Sudan in recent weeks, resulting in widespread flooding that has killed more than 100 people, forced tens of thousands of people from their homes, and affected more than 800,000 people across the country.
The waters of the mighty Nile — so famous for its seasonal flooding — swelled to the highest level in decades, washing out homes and neighborhoods. Sudan’s capital city, Khartoum, was especially hit hard.
As images of flooded homes and children wading down city streets knee-deep in water hit the headlines, USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance sprang into action. …
This World Humanitarian Day, we recognize the real-life heroes who are overcoming Herculean challenges to save lives and help those in need.
August 19 marks World Humanitarian Day, a time to honor the brave women and men who risk everything to help others.
Never has the generosity, courage, and sacrifice of aid workers been more evident — or more needed — than it is today. On top of the millions of people who are in need of humanitarian aid due to conflicts or natural disasters, the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The United States is leading the global response efforts to this unprecedented outbreak, providing more than $1.6 billion in health, humanitarian, economic, and development assistance in more than 120 countries. Of this, $558 million is for USAID’s humanitarian assistance programs, carried out by hundreds of real-life heroes working for our partners on the ground. …
On August 4, 2020, catastrophic explosions rocked Beirut, Lebanon, killing at least 170 people, injuring thousands more, and causing widespread damage in Lebanon’s capital city.
Dr. Jolene Nakao: This response was challenging in many different ways. Linguistically, there were multiple language barriers. Geographically, our teams had limited ability to travel to the areas that were hit hardest by the outbreak because of the ongoing violence that has plagued these communities for decades. There were also cultural barriers, as well as complicated dynamics between the communities in the affected regions and the Government of the DRC.
This is an exciting time for USAID — and personally for me. I have been at the helm of USAID’s Office of Food for Peace for the past two years and have experienced firsthand how U.S. humanitarian assistance is making a difference around the world. I worked alongside the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, and together, we responded to 66 disasters in 57 countries last year, saving tens of millions of lives.
Our combined legacy — nearly 66 years in responding to hunger emergencies and 56 years of leading the U.S. …
En septiembre de 2019, el huracán Dorian tocó tierra en las Bahamas como categoría 5, lo que lo convirtió en el huracán más fuerte de la historia actual que ha azotado a la nación insular, y en solamente el quinto huracán del Atlántico del que se tiene constancia que haya alcanzado tal intensidad. La tormenta destruyó la infraestructura local afectandoa a más de 76.000 personas.
A pesar de que los vientos de más de 180 millas por hora causaron daños, fue la marejada , o la crecida de las aguas con elevaron de más de 20 pies sobre el nivel del mar que devastó la mayoría de las comunidades. ¡Esto equivale a llegar a la parte alta de una casa de dos pisos! El huracán Irma en 2017 también provocó devastadoras mareas de tempestad en el Caribe, llegando a unos ocho pies sobre el nivel medio del mar en Antigua y Barbuda y hasta 20 pies en Cuba. …