Disaster Assistance

A Syrian boy carries a stack of bread bought at a local bakery in the northern city of Aleppo. USAID has been providing flour to
A Syrian boy carries a stack of bread bought at a local bakery in the northern city of Aleppo. USAID has been providing flour to bakeries in Syria in addition to other humanitarian assistance.
Bulent Kilic, AFP

When a natural disaster or conflict destroys cities, homes and markets, or when hunger and disease threaten to spread, people caught in the middle are simply looking to survive. Helping them is at the core of what USAID does every day, all around the world.

In fiscal year 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance responded to 52 crises in 40 countries, providing life-saving assistance to tens of millions of people including those enduring:

Also in 2013, USAID responded to humanitarian needs arising from: 

USAID works to help those in crisis survive every day, wherever people are in need.

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Last updated: March 18, 2014

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