Over the last weeks, Hurricane Harvey swept over the southern and eastern United States, causing catastrophic flooding and over 70 deaths. Irma then followed, smashing through the Caribbean towards the United States, leaving behind it a path of death and destruction with 25 people reported dead and 17,000 people in need of immediate shelter in the affected Caribbean islands. Irma has caused damage to livelihoods, healthcare services, schools and water supply systems. The International Red Cross says 1.2 million people have already been affected by Irma, a number that could rise to 26 million.
In South East Asia, which has seen much less media coverage, 41 million people have been affected by landslides and flooding across the region. 160 people have been killed in southern Nepal and in Bangladesh, 145 people have been killed, 100,000 houses ruined and 8 million affected. At the same time, Mexico is reeling from the earthquake in in Chiapas State on the southern coast of Mexico, where 65 people have so far been reported dead.
Millions of people’s lives are devastated. Apart from for instance food, water, shelter and healthcare, lack of communication and logistics continue to pose challenges in the region and make it difficult for humanitarian actors to respond to the needs on the ground. Members of Business in the Community and the private sector as a whole, have an important role to play. By offering their core competencies, skills, products and services, businesses have the ability to contribute to a more effective disaster response.
The Global Disaster Relief and Resilience Hub is a platform developed by Business in the Community to facilitate faster collaboration between the humanitarian and private sectors. Humanitarian actors can input their needs and businesses can offer up their support in the form of products and services, creating better visibility from both parties and more effective collaboration in international disaster relief and resilience.
Sign up to The Hub today to better meet the needs of those affected by disasters around the world.
*This page was last updated on 3 October 2017