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
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.
As Hurricane Matthew barreled towards the central Caribbean, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) deployed a team of disaster experts to the region to be ready to respond to the once-in-a-generation storm. When the powerful Category 4 hurricane made landfall in southern Haiti on October 4, leaving an estimated 1.4 million people in need of assistance, USAID's elite team began immediately working to get assistance to hard-hit areas.
Ethiopia has been facing one of the worst droughts the country has seen in fifty years. Triggered by El Niño, the drought follows successive poor rainy seasons and the scale and severity quickly exceeded many people’s ability to cope. In partnership with the Government of Ethiopia, USAID responded decisively to meet the immediate needs of those most impacted by the drought, and has continued to provide critical aid.
Iraq is one of the fastest growing displacement crises in the world since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized control of several cities in central and northern Iraq starting in 2014. Ongoing fighting has forced more than 3 million people to flee their homes and an estimated 10 million people to be in need of humanitarian assistance—approximately one-third of the country’s population.
Last updated: December 03, 2016