Earlier this year, the earthquake that rocked Syria and Türkiye left the world shocked and shaken. Already subject to protracted violence over many years, Syrian communities found their problems compounding as existing struggles ran up against new ones. For some families, sons bearing serious wounds and health conditions sustained during combat complicated the process of fleeing from crumbling homes and travelling across town to find new shelter. For others, the economic impacts of the long war had left some very full households with only one breadwinner.
Hurricane Otis began to form on October 22, 2023, and struck the coast of Mexico on October 25. While local weather forecasters had initially assessed Otis as a Category 1 storm, within only 12 hours it intensified into a Category 5 storm, catching many people off guard.
A devastating earthquake struck Nepal on November 3, 2023. While the Richter scale measurements have been ambiguous – with some sources reporting it as 5.7 and others as 6.4 – the human cost is immediately clear: so far, 150 people have died and 338 are injured. The quake was centred in Jajarkot, Karnali Province, but the 159 aftershocks were felt as far as Kathmandu and Delhi, India. Over 4000 homes have been damaged, and some government emergency response activities have been set back by landslides in the affected areas.
In 2023, ADRA donors responded to the Syria earthquake, supporting Rima’s family in Aleppo. The earthquake left them unable to return home, and her husband lost his job. They relied on their 21-year-old daughter’s income until ADRA provided weekly food kits, helping them save money and regain stability. Your support makes a difference.