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:

  1. 804 people took refuge from Typhoon Hagupit at a Bishop’s residence in Samar.
  2. $1 spent on disaster preparedness saves $7-10 in disaster response.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.  
  6. Winter is a huge threat in Iraq because of the cold, mountainous regions.
  7. The Syrian civil war has been going on for 4 years.