On the verge of a global catastrophe
From destructive cyclones to prolonged droughts to devastating floods, many parts of the world are experiencing extreme weather changes thanks to the phenomenon known as El Nino.
El-Nino causes a warming of the Earth’s oceans. Over the last year, a powerful El Nino has been changing weather patterns across a number of countries. So strange has this weather phenomenon been that drought affected areas have been hit by flash floods!
The Horn of Africa, and Ethiopia in particular, is experiencing severe drought and is facing the possibility of a devastating humanitarian crisis if the situation does not improve fast.
Our member agencies are on the ground in Ethiopia and many other countries helping the most vulnerable.
You can help them provide assistance by donating to their programs directly.
CARE Canada Providing support in Ethiopia, South Pacific, South Africa and Zimbabwe, among other countries
Oxfam-Canada Focus on Ethiopia and Horn of Africa, Southern Africa, Central America and South Pacific
Oxfam-Québec Focus on Ethiopia and Horn of Africa, Southern Africa, Central America and South Pacific
Plan International Canada Delivering programs in a number of countries affected by El Nino
Save the Children Providing support in East Africa, with a focus in Ethiopia.
The following resources provide more details on the impacts of El Nino around the world.
El Niño: Overview of Impact, Projected Humanitarian Needs and Response UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - 21 September 2016
El Nino UNOCHA
Hotter, drier, wetter. Face the future World Meteorological Organization
El Nino news and reports based by region and country
Image: Mulugeta Ayene/AP
Eastern and Southern Africa
Papua New Guinea
Image: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters