USAID responds to all types of natural disasters including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, cyclones, floods, droughts, fires, pest infestations, and disease outbreaks. USAID also provides assistance when lives or livelihoods are threatened by catastrophes such as civil conflict, acts of terrorism, or individual accidents. LEARN MORE
crises addressed in 54 countries
million people affected by
natural disasters in 2001
Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda
The sheer destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan (known locally in the Philippines as Yolanda) is mind-boggling. Thousands have been killed, countless homes have been destroyed, and hundreds of thousands of Filipinos left homeless. Americans, and indeed people all over the world, have been shocked by arresting images of a destroyed landscape and desperate people whose lives have been ruptured. While nothing can undo the damage wrought by the storm, the U.S. Government has mounted a swift, large, and coordinated relief effort using all of the tools at our disposal, with USAID leading that humanitarian response.
The already dire humanitarian situation in Syria continues to worsen because of increasing violence and Government of Syria restrictions on access for aid workers. U.S. humanitarian assistance is being provided when and where possible, and we have reached every conflict area in Syria. We are not able to reach everyone, but heroic efforts are happening every day to help those caught in the middle of the crisis.
More than 15 million people are affected by a worsening food crisis in the Sahel, which is the result of drought, poor harvests, conflict, and rising food prices in the region. Families cannot make ends meet, food is in short supply, and malnutrition rates are on the rise. The United States, working in partnership with the international community, heeded early warnings, immediately took action, and continues to help alleviate suffering in the region. Our assistance is saving lives.
USAID responds to all types of natural disasters, including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, cyclones, floods, droughts, fires, pest infestations, and disease outbreaks. OFDA also provides assistance when lives or livelihoods are threatened by catastrophes such as civil conflict, acts of terrorism, or industrial accidents. In addition to emergency assistance, OFDA funds mitigation activities to reduce the impact of recurrent natural hazards and provides training to build local capacity for disaster management and response.
Last updated: November 18, 2013