The Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF) facilitates a timely and effective response to smaller, localized disasters that have not received global attention. It seeks to enhance the capacity for early response by leveraging the established local presence maintained by our member agencies.
The CHAF is financed by Global Affairs Canada (75%), the Humanitarian Coalition (10%) and the Humanitarian Coalition’s member agencies (15%).
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Hurricane Matthew in Cuba, October 2016 On October 4 and 5, Hurricane Matthew hit Cuba, in particular Guantanamo province, which experienced 200-250 km/h winds, heavy rain for eight hours and a sea level surge in the range of 6-8 metres. Approximately 90% of the Cuban population affected by the category 4 hurricane are from this province.
Floods India, July 2017 Heavy, sustained rains, triggered by cyclone Mora, caused widespread and devastating flooding across the northeastern states in India in late June, early July. Communities already living below the poverty line in Assam province - the most remote and least developed region in the country – were primarily affected.
Floods Sri Lanka, May 2017 The May monsoon season pounded southwestern Sri Lanka with the equivalent of a month’s rainfall in just two days, causing widespread landslides, damaging settlements and infrastructure, and devastating farmlands. More than 500 mm of rain fell in just 24 hours in some parts of the country. Some 200 people died and 550,000 were affected by floods and/or landslides in 15 districts in the southwest part of the country.
People Displacement in Democractic Republic of Congo, May 2017 Increased violence forced more than 1 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo to flee their homes in search of safety. During heavy fighting between April 21 and May 5 in the Kasai Oriental region of the country, more than 125,000 people – roughly 8,000 a day – fled to safer areas of the country.
Heavy Rains Peru, March 2017 Peru has been experiencing heavy rain since December 2016, the result of the natural phenomenon El Nino Costero. The rains have caused extensive flooding across the country, killing close to 100 and affecting more than 750,000 people, with approximately 810 towns and cities in a state of emergency. Because of the magnitude of the disaster, aid has yet reached all of the people in need.
Cyclone Madagascar, March 2017 A deadly, Category 4 cyclone hit the northeast coast of Madagascar on March 7, 2017, causing extensive damage. Cyclone Enawo, with winds gusting to 300km/h, killed more than 80 and affected close to 45,000 people. The disbursement of CHAF funding allows for essential support to be on the ground immediately while CARE seeks additional funds to support communities further and transition to the medium-term recovery phase.
Cyclone Dineo, Mozambique, February 2017 Tropical cyclone Dineo slammed into coastal districts of Mozambique on February 15, 2017, bringing heavy rain, a storm surge and winds of reaching 130 km/h. The storm claimed the lives of 9 people and affected close to 700,000 people.
Population Displacement Central African Republic - December, 2016 Increased fighting between armed groups in the Central African Republic forced thousands to flee their homes at the end of November. More than 10,000 people found shelter at an improvised site inside the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). An estimated 1,200 other families have found shelter with host families in various Bria neighbourhoods.
Indonesia Earthquake - December, 2016 A 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia on December 7, 2016, killing at least 102 people, injuring more than 600 and displacing more than 80,000 people in the province of Aceh, on the northwestern tip of Sumatra. Estimates show the earthquake damaged more than 11,500 houses, 160 store houses, 64 mosques, 94 meunasah, 10 government offices and 16 education facilities.
Vietnam floods, November - 2016 Three tropical storms (including two typhoons) caused heavy rain and widespread flooding in Vietnam over a one-week period in mid-October. More than 30 people died because of the storms, and approximately 650,000 people were affected, including 182,000 children, in five central provinces.
Typhoon Haima Philippines, November 2016 Super Typhoon Haima, struck the northernmost parts of the Philippines in October 2016. Extremely strong winds and torrential rain caused flooding and landslides in many areas within the affected regions. Early estimates showed at least 15 people have died, more than 380,000 persons were affected and approximately 14,000 homes were damaged.
Haiti hit by Hurricane Matthew, October 2016 On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew swept through Haiti, killing more than 800 people and leaving thousands displaced and living in temporary shelters. The category 4-strength storm, with winds gusting to 230 km/h, heavy rain and flooding, caused massive damage to infrastructure, homes and crops in many communities, increasing the risk of waterborne diseases.
South Sudan refugees crisis, Uganda - August 2016 Renewed fighting over the course of July and August in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, forced thousands of people to flee into Uganda’s West Nile Region. Security for new arrivals is a concern, as looting and random acts of violence against civilians have been reported. Estimates show that between 500 and 1,400 people are arriving into Uganda every day.
Bangladesh Floods, August 2016 Bangladesh was heavily hit by flooding during the monsoon season with continuous rain for most of July and August. The water level reached dangerous levels quickly, causing widespread flooding and damage to infrastructure in 19 districts. More than 3.7 million people have been affected in what is the worst flooding to hit the country in almost 20 years.
India Floods August 2016 Assam Province The Assam province in India was heavily hit by flooding during the monsoon season with continuous rain for most of July and August. The water level reached dangerous levels quickly, causing widespread flooding in 21 of 27 districts. More than 1.6 million people were affected.
Floods in Myanmar, July 2016 Heavy rains for most of July and August caused massive flooding in Myanmar during the monsoon season.