Whenever disaster strikes, Rotary responds quickly. To keep helping people in need, funds are continually required to build supplies of Rotary relief boxes, including Water Survival Box, Aquabox, ShelterBox and Disaster Aid UK. Full details of these and many more box projects can be found on the Box Projects page along with contact information.
This ability to respond rapidly is part of what makes Rotary a valued and trusted organisation. Every penny donated to a Rotary club will go to the stated cause. Thanks to the global network of Rotary clubs and wealth of expertise, life-saving supplies can be distributed right to the heart of recovery operations.
Read on and find out where Rotary has been in action:
Disaster updates from February 2014
Tanzania: Flash Floods
During the night of 21 January, heavy rains caused flash floods in Dumila/Dakawa area in Tanzania's Morogoro region, which displaced over 10,000 people and destroyed or damaged houses, roads, bridges, public buildings and crops. The majority of the displaced people live on safer/higher open grounds along the road, making emergency shelter a critical need. Most of the affected villages have their boreholes contaminated with flood/muddy water.
Bolivia: Floods and Landslides
Heavy rains in January triggered floods and landslides in several places across the country, affecting at least 21,000 families. The Government declared a national state of emergency on 27 January.
Indonesia: Mt. Sinabung Volcano
Mt Sinabung volcano on Sumatra Island in Indonesia was dormant for centuries until it became active in August and September 2010. In early September 2013, monitoring stations picked up increasing volcanic and tectonic tremors. . The volcano continued to erupt periodically through December and January. As of 23 Jan 2014, 28,715 people from 33 villages were sheltering in 42 displacement centres.
Philippines: Floods and Landslides
On 10 Jan 2014, a low pressure area started to bring heavy rainfall in the southern Philippine, causing floods and landslides. On 17 Jan, it developed into Tropical Depression Lingling (locally known as Agaton) and maintained its strength until 20 Jan. As of 27 Jan, the Government reported 64 deaths and more than 1,148,000 people affected in regions CARAGA and ARMM. The number of displaced people had decreased from 260,450 on 22 Jan to 108,991.
On 1 Feb, Tropical storm Kajiki (locally known as Basyang) crossed over the central Philippines, causing floods and landslides in Cebu and Southern Leyte. Three people were killed and over 18,000 people took shelter in evacuation centres (Govt, 1 Feb 2014).
Colombia: Earthquake and Floods
An earthquake that struck Sipí in Colombia's western Chocó department on 4 Jan damaged 121 homes in the municipality. Two days later, on 6 Jan, the San Agustín and Garrapatas overflowed in the same area, possibly related to the earlier earthquake. The flooding affected almost 9,000 people and easily damaged at least 150 homes, which are at risk of additional flooding and need to be relocated. Health, water and hygiene and education infrastructure sustained heavy damage as well.
Tropical Cyclone Ian
Tropical Cyclone Ian passed east of Tonga's Vava’u group (population 15,000) in the morning of 11 Jan before the eye passed directly over Ha'apai (population 6,600) in the afternoon. The Prime Minister declared a state of emergency for Vava’u and Ha’apai the same day
Disaster updates from January 2014
Central African Republic
The UN has warned that the Central African Republic is heading toward a humanitarian disaster, as people fleeing conflict between Muslim and Christian militias pack into overcrowded camps with poor sanitation. There are reports and fears that sectarian violence will end in genocide.
El Salvador's Chaparrastique volcano erupted on 29 Dec 2013, spewing a column of ash that rose more than 5 km above the volcano. Falling ash affected the population living on the volcano's western side, where 2,300 people were relocated to 16 collective centres set up by the authorities..
Eastern Caribbean Floods and Landslides
Severe rains and high winds due to a low level trough system caused floods and landslides in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Dominica from 23-25 Dec 2013. St. Vincent and the Grenadines reported nine deaths and over five hundred persons affected, of which 237 were provided with emergency shelter
Brazil Floods and Landslides
Heavy seasonal rainfall started to affect parts of eastern Brazil on 7 Dec 2013, causing floods and landslides. By 16 Dec, 15 people had been killed in the south eastern states of Río de Janeiro and Bahía (By 16 Dec, 15 people had been killed in the south eastern states of Río de Janeiro and Bahía. By 23 Dec, an emergency had been declared in the south eastern State of Espíritu Santo due to flooding and landslides. The army mobilized humanitarian assistance in the form of blankets, cushions and food stuffs to the most affected areas. At least 44 people have died and more than 60,000 have been left homeless, officials said on 26 Dec...
Occupied Palestinian territories
The announced heavy rain fall and snow storms hit the West Bank and Gaza on 10
Disaster updates from November 2013
Outbreaks of Polio in Syria are causing concern to the WHO as they fear it could spread throughout the region. Cases have now been reported in Lebanon but here immunisation can take place to prevent the spread.
A 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck in Iran's southeastern Bushehr province on 28 Nov 2013, killing seven people and injuring 203. 200 houses were damaged in Borazjan town and Dehghayd village. 1,520 people were sheltered in 20 camps.
Seasonal rains started at the end of September 2013 across Somalia, contributing to flooding, especially in and around Jowhar town in Middle Shabelle region, where flooding had already started in mid-August due to rains in the Ethiopian highlands, the source of the Shabelle River....
On the evening of 14 Nov, the tropical storm 15 weakens into tropical depression and hit the south-central provinces of Viet Nam, bringing heavy rainfall and strong winds. From 14 November at 7 PM to 17 November at 7 PM, the coastal areas from Quang Tri to Ninh Thuan and the Central Highlands have been hit by torrential rain.
Somalia: Tropical Cyclone
A tropical cyclone made landfall on the Somali coast on 10 Nov 2013. The Puntland authorities declared a natural disaster emergency on 11 Nov, citing very heavy rainfall and flash floods leading to an estimate of more than 100 casualties and large-scale livestock deaths....
The devastation caused to parts of the Philippines has been watched by everyone on TV and the areas will need help for many months to come. The response by Rotary Clubs across RIBI has been wonderful and many messages of thanks have been received from Clubs and individuals in the affected areas.
Disaster updates as of 12th November 2013
Philippines - Typhoon Haiyan
Biggest storm in history hits the Philippines. The RIBI International Committee has spoken to all the 4 Disaster Box schemes and can report that Shelter Box already have a team on the ground in the Philippines and are utilising boxes in the country with more being shipped. Aquabox, Disaster Aid UK and Ireland, and Water Survival Box have all received requests for help. For immediate response please support these four box schemes.
In addition, donations to the “RIBI Donation Trust” can be sent to Alcester and this money will be allocated by the Trustees to suitable projects that will bring help to those affected by the storm. Please remember that some of our box schemes are also working hard to support the Syrian refugees and therefore their funding is under considerable pressure.
Disaster updates as of October 2013
The situation in and around Syria continues to deteriorate with refugees now being turned away from the border with Jordan. The report of outbreaks of Polio in Northern Syria is causing great concern to the WHO and Rotary as it is impossible to get teams into the area to carry our imunisation.
Since late July 2013, Thailand has been facing sporadic flooding, mainly in the north and north-eastern provinces. From late September, seasonal rainfall was further exacerbated by the combined impact of several tropical storms resulting in climatic depressions over Thailand that led to heavy rainfall in many provinces throughout the country. By early October, 45 of 76 provinces were affected by floods, with 25 provinces considered severely affected. The reported death toll from these floods has risen to 61 people, and more than 3.5 million are affected.
A major emergency response operation is underway in central Philippines following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Bohol Island on 15 Oct 2013. It was felt across the Central Visayas region (population of 6.8 million) and is the strongest earthquake that hit Bohol in nearly 25 years. There have been at least 2,500 aftershocks since the first powerful earthquake and 64 of them were strong enough to be felt. A total of 195 people died, 651 are injured and 12 still missing. The earthquake caused landslides and extensive damage to housing, hospitals, schools, infrastructure and utilities, with more than 53,300 houses severely damaged or destroyed.
Burkina Faso Floods
Since August 2013, severe floods have been reported in many countries across the Sahel. In Burkina Faso, four regions have been affected: Est, Boucle de Mouhoun, Sahel and Hauts-Bassins. At least 751 homes and 6,712 people have been affected.
Disaster updates as of September 2013
Pakistan: Earthquakes - Sep 2013
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Balochistan province in southwest Pakistan on 24 Sep 2013, causing at least 348 deaths and affecting over 300,000 people. Awaran and Kech districts have been hit the hardest, with 21,000 houses reportedly damaged and the communication system disrupted in the remote areas.
Mauritania: Floods - Sep 2013
Since early August 2013, heavy rains have been affecting several regions in Mauritania. While some areas are experiencing 65 per cent less rainfall than average, others have seen increases as high as 35 per cent, causing floods that affected households, infrastructure and livelihoods. The most affected regions are Tagant, Trarza, Inchiri and Nouakchott.
Typhoon Usagi - Sep 2013
Affected countries: Cambodia, China, China - Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region), China - Taiwan Province, Philippines, Viet Nam,
Typhoon Usagi struck the Philippines on 21 Sep 2013 in the southern part of Itbayat Island, one of the three main islands of the Batanes group of islands, affecting almost 48,000 people and causing severe damage to agriculture. It brought heavy rains to southern Taiwan, where some 3,400 people were evacuated, before making landfall in southern China near Hong Kong on 22 Sep...
Central African Republic: Floods - Sep 2013
On 3-4 Sep 2013, heavy rains that lasted for hours caused flooding in several areas of the 3rd district of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. Of a total population of 90,000 people, almost 33,000 were affected. 337 families had their houses damaged or destroyed. About 30 per cent of them have found refuge with host families, while the remaining families are living out in the open. Almost all the wells and latrines in these areas were damaged by flood waters.
Romania: Flash Floods - Sep 2013
Heavy rainfall starting on 12 Sep 2013 and lasting for more than 48 hours has caused flash floods in a number of counties and many villages in several municipalities in Romania. The most affected municipalities are situated in the counties of Galati
Disaster updates as of September 2013
Syrian Crisis - 4th Sept 2013
The news each day carries more horrendous details of what is now the worst humanitarian crisis of this century.
It is in the nature of Rotarians to want to help, not only in the sustainable long term but in the immediate short term so that people can survive to rebuild their lives.
For further information on what RIBI are doing assist in the crisis, please click on the link in the related documents below.
Syrian Crisis - 1st Sept 2013
The Syrian Crisis continues to deteriorate with many more people fleeing the country to live in refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey. While some of the countries are dangerous to work in Aid Agencies are doing all they can to assist.
Philippine Island of Luzon - Typhoon Utor
Typhoon Utor wreaked havoc in Luzon, one of the largest Philippine islands, two weeks ago. The storm has not only displaced thousands of people but also damaged infrastructure including hospitals, affecting much needed medical services, particularly in the Aurora Province.
Disaster update as of August 2013
Sudan: Flash Floods - Aug 2013
An estimated 98,500 people have been affected by heavy rain and flash floods in several areas of Sudan between 1-4 Aug 2013. The floods have killed 11 people and destroyed or damaged more than 14,000 houses. Khartoum and River Nile are the worst affected states.
Afghanistan: Flash Floods - Aug 2013
On 3 Aug 2013, heavy rains resulted in flash floods and high water levels in 13 villages in Surobi district of Afghanistan's Kabul province. As of 4 Aug, according to the DDA and IOM and based on an assessment of six villages, 42 people have died (23 confirmed deaths by IOM), 426 houses were destroyed.
Pakistan: Floods - Aug 2013
Heavy monsoon rains have triggered flash floods across Pakistan, claiming the lives of at least 80 people and displacing hundreds since 1 Aug 2013. The rains have also ravaged thousands of acres of standing crops and caused colossal damage to houses and infrastructure.
Syrian Crisis – Aug 2013
Shelterbox are working to pack boxes with winter equipment to send out to the Lebanon ready to help Syrian refugees as winter approaches.
Aquabox have sent 500 Aquaboxes into the Lebanon for use in Refugee camps set up for Syrian refugees.