7 Surprising Tidbits from CRS’ December Global Emergencies Update
Each month CRS provides an update about global emergencies—both what is going on and how CRS is responding. December’s topics included:
- Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines
- Ebola in West Africa
- Families fleeing violence in Iraq and Syria
- Recovery from violence in Gaza
- Violence and vulnerability in South Sudan and Central African Republic
- On-going unrest in Ukraine
- 5-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti
Here are 7 surprising tidbits from the December edition:
- 804 people took refuge from Typhoon Hagupit at a Bishop’s residence in Samar.
- $1 spent on disaster preparedness saves $7-10 in disaster response.
- Communities in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone are experiencing increased illness and mortality from conditions unrelated to Ebola, such as malaria and childbirth, because medical services are overwhelmed by Ebola.
- There is an area of Central African Republic called the “Red Zone,” which now only contains destroyed houses and has been uninhabited for an entire year.
- Bridges were the key to successfully reaching 32 villages and 2,000 people who were previously unable to be reached by aid in Central African Republic.
- Winter is a huge threat in Iraq because of the cold, mountainous regions.
- The Syrian civil war has been going on for 4 years.