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Past emergency appeals

Read about some of the disasters we've raised money for in the past. Find out how we've made a difference to millions of families, thanks to the generous support of people like you.

We are no longer raising money for these appeals. Find out about our current emergency appeals and about the countries where we're involved in long-term recovery projects.

The Caribbean has been hit by a series of hurricanes, leaving behind a trail of devastation. People need your help.

In August and September 2017 severe monsoon floods across Nepal, India and Bangladesh covered an area the size of the UK.

We launched an appeal to help fund two rescue boats to rescue those undertaking treacherous journeys across the Mediterranean Sea.

The Ebola outbreak has claimed more than 11,300 lives across West Africa. Find out how we have helped to fight the disease.

Flooding left thousands of people homeless in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Hurricane Sandy caused extensive flooding, damaged buildings and infrastructure and left thousands of people homeless in the Caribbean and United States.

Across the Sahel region of west Africa, food insecurity left communities facing hunger, malnutrition and ill-health.

Find out how we helped people affected by 2011's conflict in the Ivory Coast.

After protests began in December 2010, unrest spread across many countries in the Middle East and north Africa. Find out how we helped people in a desperate situation.

A devastating earthquake in Turkey killed hundreds of people and made tens of thousands homeless. Find out how we helped.

Pakistan was still recovering from the 2010 floods, when more flooding in 2011 destroyed homes, livelihoods and agricultural land.

Find out how we're helping after the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on 11 March causing widespread destruction and suffering.

Christchurch suffered a terrible earthquake in February 2011. Find out how the Red Cross has been helping survivors.

On 27 February 2010, an earthquake struck Chile, killing more than 400 people, injuring at least 500 and causing major damage to infrastructure.

The British Red Cross launched the Samoa Tsunami Appeal in support of the small, isolated and vulnerable communities that urgently needed help.

Between August 2008 and June 2009, an estimated 3.5 million people were displaced by fighting in parts of Pakistan. Find out how we helped.

Find out how the Red Cross responded to the devastating earthquake in L'Aquila, central Italy, which killed around 290 people and left around 28,000 homeless.

In February 2009, Australia endured the worst bushfire in recorded history, as fires swept across Victoria. The Red Cross worked day and night to help survivors.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent worked around the clock to provide relief and support to hospitals in Gaza with medical supplies, generators and a surgical team.

The Red Cross was on the ground in Zimbabwe from the beginning of the cholera epidemic, delivering water and focusing largely on public education.

As hurricanes devastated islands across the Caribbean from August to November 2008, we appealed for urgent funds to help us respond. Find out what we did.

The Red Cross helped more than 76,000 people severely affected by drought in the southern Wolaiyta region. Read about the people we helped.

Hundreds of people were killed and injured in violent clashes across Kenya following the general election results announced on 30 December 2007.

The Red Cross helped people when floods hit southern Africa, including Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Cyclone Sidr destroyed around 1.5 million homes and 750,000 acres of crops. We've helped families recover by providing shelter and cash grants.

When more than a month of torrential rain led to severe flooding across the UK, we helped thousands of people. Find out how we helped.

More than one million people were affected by flooding in 17 countries - but in particular Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Togo and Burkina Faso.

Severe monsoon rains and cyclones killed nearly 3,000 people and left millions homeless in Bangladesh, China, India, Nepal and Pakistan.

We launched an appeal in 2006 to help people across Africa survive when drought and inflated prices left them without enough food.

An earthquake struck the island of Java, killing 5,749 people and injuring more than 38,000. We helped with the logistics of the relief effort.

Fierce fighting for five weeks across the borders between Israel and Lebanon left more than a million people displaced. Find out how we helped.

We raised money to help 1.5 million people by providing food, strengthening livelihoods and improving water and sanitation.

When an earthquake in Pakistan killed 73,000 people, we were at the forefront of the operation to provide immediate relief and help families recover.

A major food shortage affected almost eight million people in west Africa. We helped with the logistics of delivering food aid.

Find out how we helped people after the terrorist attack in London on 7 July 2005, from providing ambulances and volunteers, to setting up a support line.

We worked in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Maldives to help people recover from the devastating tsunami, and to prepare for future disasters.

In late 2004, the Philippines were hit by a number of typhoons and tropical storms, killing over 1,000 people and affecting more than three million.

Following the fall of Saddam Hussein, people were in urgent need of food, water, shelter and medical care.

The worst floods in decades hit South Asia in June 2004. Around 1,800 people died and 70 million people were affected across the region.

The Caribbean was hit by a number of powerful hurricanes and tropical storms in September 2004. Our delegates helped with the relief and recovery operations.

On 26 December 2003, a major earthquake struck the city of Bam in Iran. Around 26,000 people lost their lives and 30,000 were injured.

The 14-year long civil war in Liberia came to an end when a peace agreement was signed between government forces and opposition groups on 18 August 2003.