Sophia Fredericks, Social Engagement Intern, National Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Hurricane Matthew: Due to the effects of Hurricane Matthew, the Bahamas Red Cross is attending to the need of storm hit communities by dispatching emergency response teams to provide aid. The Red Cross attempted to evacuate communities before the storm hit and relocate them to shelters to avoid the dangers of flooding and landslides. Those who were not evacuated will need emergency assistance.
It is estimated that so far Hurricane Matthew has killed at least 113 people throughout the Caribbean with the majority of deaths occurring in Haiti. 10,000 people in Haiti are now displaced. Florida remains at risk as well with President Obama now declaring a state of emergency. Governor Rick Scott urged Floridians to take this storm seriously asking those in evacuation zones to leave. “This is serious...This storm will kill you. Time is running out.” said Scott.
The governors of Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina have also declared states of emergency as well. Hurricane Matthew is now seen as the most severe storm since 2004. Two million people have already been asked to evacuate while schools, colleges and government buildings are closing. Governor Rick Scott continues to emphasize the need to evacuate hoping to deter any reluctance of leaving.
Mozambique drought: The drought started in 2015 affecting not only Mozambique but much of Southern Africa. The drought is affecting the ability to access drinking water, but the quality of the water itself. UNICEF is working with schools to have clean drinking water delivered by trucks. 1.5 million continue to be in need as the effects of the drought continue and as many as 95,000 children remain malnourished