Current Emergency Responses
India: On 15 November a massive fire destroyed 80 houses in Kotla village. In coordination with the local Government and other organisations The Salvation Army is providing matrasses, bed sheets and warm clothes for the victims.
Europe: In many European countries including Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Sweden, France, Italy and Greece The Salvation Army is supporting refugees.
Nepal: Six months after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake damaged or destroyed more than 700,000 dwellings in Nepal, with the loss of more than 8,500 lives, The Salvation Army's International Emergency Services team is closing down its operations in the country and handing over responsibility for the 'recovery' elements of Salvation Army work to a new projects and development team. More
Brazil: 100 flood affected families in Alegrete receive assistance in form of food, bedding material, cleaning and repair material. More
Republic of Congo/ Central African Republic: After renewed fighting thousands of people have fled the Central African Republic. The Salvation Army in the neighbouring Republic of Congo offers assistance in the form of food, clothing and hygiene articles.
Germany: The Salvation Army in many places in Germany is welcoming refugees by providing accommodation, integration (for example language classes), clothing, furniture and other support. More
Papua New Guinea: Communities are facing drought and frost due to El Nino which resulted in acute water and food shortages. The Salvation Army is responding by providing relief food and water to remote communities.
Italy: The Salvation Army is providing housing, meals, legal support etc. to 70 refugees in Rome and Atena Lucana (Salerno). More
Nepal: The Salvation Army is responding following a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake which hit the country on 25 April. Experienced international team members are deployed to assist the small Salvation Army in the country in th eearthquake relief and recoivery acrtivities. More
Chile: After 43 years of inactivity the Calbuco volcano erupted. 6000 people were evacuated and the Salvation Army is providing daily meals and hygiene articles in coordination with other organisations.
Vanuatu: Cyclone Pam causes massive devastation in Vanuatu. The Salvation Army sends experienced teams to provide immediate relief and assist with recovery programmes. More
Angola: Severe rains on 11 March destroyed many houses and killed almost 100 people. The Salvation Army responds with the provision of food and bedding for many of the people left homeless by this disaster.
Democtratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): The ongoing crisis in the neighbouring Central African Republic still causes many people to flee across the border. The Salvation Army in DRC in coordination with other agencies provides relief in some of the refugee camps.
Malawi: Malawi is experiencing severe floods in various parts of the country. The local Salvation Army is providing relief assistance in form of food, blankets and mosquito nets. More
Mozambique: Since early January Mozambique has been affected by severe floods which affected 100,000 people. The Salvation Army is working in coordination with other organisations to assist these people. More
Malaysia: The Salvation Army is responding after floods brought devastation in the east of Malaysia, with more than 200,000 people displaced. More
Liberia: The Ebola response in Liberia is still ongoing. In coordination with WFP and other agencies the Salvation Army is still providing food and hygiene items to affected communities. They are also making plans regaring the planned re-opening of the eleven Salvation Army schools as well as potential agricultural support to farming communities.More
DRC: The Salvation Army DRC distributed food parcels to 3100 internally displaced people from an ethnic minority group and is also involved in providing assistance to the displaced children by including them in the Salvation Army schools and offering school feeding.
Sierra Leone: The Salvation Army in Sierra Leone is providing food and non-food items to quarantined and Ebola affected communities. All activities are coordinated with other organisations working oin the Ebola response.
Liberia: The Salvation Army is responding to the Ebola epidemic, with distribution of essential sanitiser, protective clothing and food. More
Bangladesh: The Salvation Army Bangladesh responds to floods by distributing food parcels to 950 affected families. More
Chile: Two strong earthquakes followed by many aftershocks struck the northen part of Chile. Survivors receive food support by The Salvation Army. More.
Uganda: Since the latest fighting more than 100,000 South Sudanese refugees have been registered in Uganda. In coordination with the Office of the Prime Minister, UNHCR and other NGOs The Salvation Army provides urgently needed assistance in form of shelter and non-food items.
Indonesia: In Medan City, Jakarta and Manado The Salvation Army provides assistance to a total of 7,000 people affected by a volcano erruption and floods. More.
Republic of Congo (Brazzaville): Thousands of people have fled the Central African Republic as a result of the fighting. The Salvation Army in the neighbouring Republic of Congo offers assistance in the form of food, clothing and hygiene articles.
The Philippines: International Emergency Services staff are assisting The Salvation Army in the Philippines as they respond to this super typhoon which has killed thousands of people and left tens of thousands displaced, homeless and needing urgent assistance. The work includes mobile medical teams, relief food packs, shelter assistance and other relief and recovery activities. More
Jordan: The Salvation Army has started its relief operation in Jordan in partnership with the Lutheran World federation (LWF). More than 500,000 Syrian refugees have already been registered in Jordan. The most urgent needs are winterisation items. More
Mexico: Mexico was hit by two storms, 'Manuel' and 'Ingrid', which killed 70 people and displaced 300,000. The Salvation Army responded quickly by sending out its emergency mobile canteens and providing night shelter.
Nigeria: Floods destroyed the properties and livelihoods of many people in the Somorika area. The Salvation Army provided 250 families with emergency food as well as seeds so they can start planting again.
Kenya: The Kenyan Salvation Army reacted quickly to the shocking terror attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi by providing refreshments and supplies to security forces, volunteers and people donating blood. More
India: Heavy monsoon rains caused flash floods and landslides that killed more than 1,000 people. Over 100,000 people had to be evacuated. The Salvation Army is planning to provide urgent relief items.
Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary: The Salvation Army responded to floods in Eastern Germany, Czech Republic and Hungary by providing food, drinks and emergency shelter. More on Hungary, More on Czech Republic, More on Germany
Mali: As a result of the conflict in the north,almost 500,000 people fled to the south or to neighbouring countries. As the Salvation Army is still very small in Mali an International Emergency Services team was deployed to assist with relief and recovery efforts.
USA: The Salvation Army provided practical, emotional and spiritual support to people affected by tornadoes that caused devastation in Oklahoma. (More)
Bangladesh: After the tragic event of the factory collapse the Salvation Army Bangladesh was on the ground immediately. In coordination with the government and other groups they provided urgent medicines and other support. (More)
Argentina: The Salvation Army in Argentina responded after storms and flooding caused devastation around Buenos Aires, with the city of La Plata being particularly badly hit. (More)
Malawi: Delegates from Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi attended a PREPARE training in Blantyre in order to increase the local Salvation Army territories’ abilities to prepare for and respond to disasters.
China: The Salvation Army in Hong Kong and China reacted quickly to the devastating earthquake in Sichuan. (More)
Kenya: The Salvation Army prepared for the upcoming elections. This included preparedness activities, training and activities promoting peace. As a well-known church and organisation in Kenya the Army wanted to contribute to peaceful elections in March.
Philippines: The Salvation Army was still busy with relief and recovery efforts after Typhoon Bopha caused destruction. More than 1,800 families received food and non-food items. More
Mozambique: More than 200,000 people were affected by heavy floods. The Salvaton Army met with the local Government and other stakeholders and visited the affected areas. It put in place plans to provide food, non-food items and construction materials for people displaced by this disaster. In addition to these activities the Army gave consideration to providing school items in order to get children back to school.
India Northern: This winter is particularly harsh in northern India, where 150 people have died due to severe weather conditions. Many of the dead could not afford a place to live. To respond to this situation The Salvation Army provided blankets and relief food to 2,500 of the most most vulnerable families in Moradabad, Bareilly and Delhi.
Indonesia: Severe floods – the worst since 2007 – blocked roads and forced business centres and schools in the capital, Jakarta, to close. The transportation system was paralysed. The Salvation Army provided emergency food, drinks, boats and medication to flood victims. Medical assistance was given out of temporary clinics set up and operated by Salvation Army teams. These were made up of staff, members (including doctors and nurses) and volunteers.
Mali: Due to fighting in the north of the country, thousands of people were displaced. Some moved to neighbouring countries but many also fled to the south of Mali. The Salvation Army is only small in this country but it has provided hospitals with food items for war-wounded members of the population.
Argentina: A group of 50 enthusiastic Salvation Army pastors from Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay attended a PREPARE training course in Buenos Aires. The Salvation Army's International Emergency Services department facilitates these courses all over the world in order to train our people in disaster preparedness and response. We covered topics such as human rights, standards in disaster response, needs assessment, coordination etc.
Philippines: Typhoon Bopha ploughed across Mindanao island, flattening whole towns in its path as hurricane-force winds brought torrential rain that triggered a deadly combination of floods and landslides. The storm destroyed homes, farms and livelihoods. Initial reports indicate that nearly 200,000 people are homeless and 475 confirmed dead after the Philippines' worst typhoon this year. This was the same area that suffered devastating floods in 2011 with the loss of 1,500 lives. The government appealed for international help and The Salvation Army's Mindanao Island Division responded to the island-wide catastrophe. A team provided initial food relief as well as bedding and other material to the people in the affected areas.
Cuba: Hurricane Sandy crossed eastern Cuba. After arriving in the Greater Antilles, the storm become a Category 2 hurricane, with sustained winds of up to 175 km per hour. The hurricane left the island by the province of Holguin, about five hours after touching down in Santiago de Cuba and brought heavy rain, strong winds and flooding in almost the entire eastern region of the island.
Heavy material damage was reported, especially in Santiago de Cuba. Thousands of people were evacuated throughout eastern Cuba. The authorities ordered the transfer of animals to safe areas and food storage and preparation of medical brigades. The Civil Defence department had prepared measures for the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. Coastal areas experienced waves several metres high.
The Salvation Army provided relief food as well as temporary shelter materials to more than 1,000 people.
Caribbean: Hurricane Sandy moved across the Caribbean affecting the islands of Jamaica, Haiti and the Bahamas. Seventy people were killed and significant damage was caused to property and livelihoods. The Salvation Army worked with other organisations and provided food, hygiene supplies and shelter support to people in need.
USA: The Salvation Army had desks in New York's Emergency Operation Centre under the oversight of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and alongside groups such as the NYPD (New York Police Department), FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), the National Guard, the American Red Cross etc. On 12 sites allocated by the Mayor’s office, The Salvation Army – alongside other stakeholders – provided food, water, cleaning and hygiene kits to the people affected. In addition, The Salvation Army took food to people with special needs in shelters or their homes. Many of them were without electricity for up to 10 days which meant no lifts either – difficult for many who live in tower blocks. After the immediate relief efforts, plans were made for longer-term support.
Guatemala: The Salvation Army served the community of San Cristobal, Cucho, after the devastating 7.4 earthquake that damaged badly most of San Marcos (near the Mexican border), Solola, Quetzaltenango and Guatemala City. The Salvation Army has served to date more than 130 families and 657 individuals with water, dry food, clothing and blankets. Most of the inhabitants of San Cristobal are descendants of native Mayan people who speak the Mam language and live as farmers in small hamlets in the mountains. Besides water, the need for blankets and sweaters was significant as San Cristobal Cucho annual median temperature is between 5° to 20°C (32°F to 68°F) and temperatures kept dropping as winds from the north swept through the mountains.
Salvation Army teams in Indonesia continued to offer support to communities affected by an earthquake in the Central Sulawesi Province. More.
Nigeria: The Salvation Army in Nigeria responded after a plane crashed into a residential area near Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos on Sunday 3 June. More
Georgia: The Salvation Army in Georgia is providing assistance to families affected by floods. More
Democratic Republic of Congo: The Salvation Army in central Africa is responding to a growing humanitarian crisis. Many have fled their homes because of fighting between DRC troops and rebels. More
Pakistan: UPDATE Hyderabad was badly hit by the 2010 flood but the flood of 2011 took a different route and affected several communities, including some where there is a Salvation Army presence. The Pakistan Territory was able to help some with foodstuffs financed through International Emergency Services in communities identified with the most urgent need. However, the territory is now seeing the need for shelter solutions and feels that it would be good to assist families to find a permanent solution.
In a community-driven process 148 families were identified as the most vulnerable. Training in brick-laying will take place for those available so they can assist with the rebuild as well as learn transferable skills. The projects officers will also facilitate the contribution of families to this project. With contribution from each affected family, the plan is to build one room. The family can later add additional rooms to this. The territory has a Sustainable Livelihood Project in this area and has already established a strong development approach and is therefore confident that this approach will work well.
Italy: Two earthquakes took place in Mirandola and Finale Emilia, affecting a population of 24,000 individuals. These people are now living in various camps and, due to ongoing tremors, it iwas estimated that they would have to stay there until October. After meetings with the local authorities and the civil defence, The Salvation Army was asked to support these affected people with food items.
Angola: The area bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo saw an influx of returning refugees. These people left Angola 27 years ago due to the civil war but have been asked to resettle back in their home country. An estimated 3,000 people per week are arriving in transit camps. Food assistance and sleeping mats are provided by The Salvation Army in coordination with other stakeholders.
Fiji: Salvation Army staff and volunteers worked in flood-ravaged Fiji as the island nation braced itself for a tropical storm predicted to intensify to cyclone force. More
Republic of Congo: A Salvation Army team investigated how best to help people forced from their homes by a series of massive explosions in Mpila, near Brazzaville. More
USA: The Salvation Army provided aid to people affected by tornadoes in the USA. More
Australia: Salvation Army Emergency Services teams have been working in areas of New South Wales which have experienced the worst flooding in 150 years. More
Sierra Leone: On 29 March a fire broke out in Freetown City very near to The Salvation Army's headquarters. Five big houses burnt down completely which resulted in nine families losing their homes and all their possessions. After speaking with the disaster victims the biggest needs were identified as mattresses, clothes, cooking utensils and food.
Ukraine: As severe cold weather spread across much of Eastern Europe, one of the worst-affected countries was Ukraine, where temperatures dropped as low as -36°C. More
ï»¿Mozambique/Malawi: In January, a storm in Mozambique and heavy rains in the southern region of Malawi caused water to rise in streams and branches of the Shire River. Many houses were destroyed and the affected households sought refuge with relatives or in camps set up by the local government. The Salvation Army distributed food, blankets and shelter material to meet the needs of the people in the weeks immediately after the incident. Some communities were told they couldn’t go back; the government wanted to relocate them away from the dangerous flood zone. However, the problem was that there was no infrastructure in the new location; no water, schools, hospitals or anything. So people were reluctant to go … The needs were still great both for the people who stay and slowly rebuild their lives as well as for the people who will eventually move.
Indonesia: Flash flooding and landslides affected parts of Central Sulawesi. Emergency services teams from four Salvation Army divisions responded immediately. More
Philippines: The Salvation Army in The Philippines responded to the flash flooding that brought devastation to the island of Mindanao. More than 1,000 people are known to have died. More
New Zealand: Salvation Army teams responded quickly on 23 December to provide emergency assistance to those affected by the latest severe earthquakes to strike Christchurch. More
Central America: The Salvation Army in Central America provided assistance to people affected by severe flooding. Heavy rains that started in October caused more than 90 deaths in the region. More
Haiti: Nearly 700 students started the school year in newly repaired Salvation Army school buildings. The Haiti Recovery and Development School Renovation and Construction team worked hard during the summer. More
Kenya: Turkana, in north-west Kenya, remains the major focal point for drought response activities. Short-term relief programmes were delivered for struggling communities. More
India South Western: Heavy rains affected 113 villages in Kerala. Twelve people lost their lives, a bridge collapsed and 700 houses were severely damaged. People were forced to move to safer places and some had to live in relief camps. The Salvation Army coordinated with the local Government and other NGOs, providing relief food and non-food items (such as mats and cooking utensils) to 750 families.
Argentina: Due to the Volcanic Ash falling from the Puyehue Volcano in Chile, the city of Bariloche, Argentina, where The Salvation Army has a corps, declared a state of emergency. Other communities closer to the volcano were evacuated. Both in Bariloche and in the other nearby communities, the emergent needs were for non-perishable food and practical support to reinforce the structure of precarious houses, mainly the replacement of sheets in the case of corrugated iron roofs. The community asked the Salvation Army for help, especially small towns near Bariloche, where there is no media coverage. A district team made of three volunteers and the District Officer went for several days to help the people with their houses. The community members worked alongside the local and district teams in the building repair tasks.
Japan: The Salvation Army in Japan responded to the earthquake and tsunami that brought devastation to the north of the country. More