Years of conflict in eastern Ukraine has led to the division of the Donbas region in two. This separation is enforced by the Line of Contact, a 450 kilometer de facto border, that is endangering peoples’ access to healthcare, employment, and education.
Vulnerabilities mount and an already strained humanitarian response is forced to stretch to new limits as fires turn crops to ashes in northwest Syria. The fires come right at harvest season and are expected to worsen food security in the months to come.
Southern Idleb and northern Hama, part of the last opposition-held territory in Syria, have seen renewed intensification of conflict. Due to the intensity of escalation and the seizing of key opposition-held areas, the ongoing clashes could develop into a final offensive which is feared to spiral into one of the worst humanitarian tragedies of the 21st century.
Following the destruction left behind by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, a REACH assessment team was deployed to the affected areas to gather information on the community needs of the population, shaping the humanitarian response on the ground.
The wind and rain had gone on for days, and they kept rising. By the 14th of March, winds had reached a speed of 195 kilometres per hour. The eye of the storm turned inland and over the coastal city of Beira. A city home to half a million people. This is the story of Cyclone Idai and REACH’s response to it.