can provide emergency food aid to survivors
can deliver tools and temporary shelters when survivors need them most
can support long-term recovery efforts for disaster survivors
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Fatal Earthquake Strikes Southeast Afghanistan

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has struck the southeast region of Afghanistan, the deadliest in two decades. Latest reports indicate over one thousand people have been killed, with a further three thousand injured. Exact numbers regarding the number of people affected remain unclear and are continuously being updated, however reports estimate more than 362,000 people have been impacted, 40% of which are children.

In addition, approximately ten thousand homes have been destroyed, and infrastructure including roads and power supplies have also been severely damaged. The most affected areas are remote, making it difficult for responders. Nonetheless, Islamic Relief is on the ground. The most immediate needs include shelter, food aid, and cash assistance for emergency supplies. Over 900 food packs have been distributed thus far.

Recurring Flash Floods Overwhelm Northeast Bangladesh

Back in mid-May, the northern part of Bangladesh witnessed its worst flood in 18 years. Less than a month later, another flood has hit the country. Major rivers are reaching dangerous levels. Homes and livelihoods have been destroyed. Schools are being used as flood shelters. And travel has come to a halt, making it difficult for emergency responders. An estimated 4.3 million people have been affected, triggering a humanitarian crisis.

Islamic Relief first responded to the emergency in May, and is continuing its efforts through emergency rescue operations, the provision of food aid including fodder for livestock and non-essential food items such as hygiene kits, and cash assistance.

As we continue to monitor the situation on the ground, we hope to move towards a long-term development response including shelter reconstruction and livelihood support.

Focus on Supporting Survivors

Islamic Relief’s global family and partnerships—including local staff in more than three dozen countries—maximize IRUSA’s ability to respond to urgent situations with speed and efficiency. We also maintain the highest standards of best practices, dignity, and cultural sensitivity, and we make sure that our response aligns with survivors’ needs immediately, for the longer-term, or both!

IRUSA’s emergency aid efforts can include distribution of items such as food, water, financial aid, and more. Construction of temporary shelters and providing vital medical aid are often priorities too. And when applicable, we work with community groups on the ground to assess what we can do to help with longer-term recovery, rebuilding, and revitalization efforts.

In the United States specifically, IRUSA’s Disaster Response Team (DRT) serve as first responders for emergencies. From natural disasters like hurricanes and wildfires to tragedies like the Pulse and Parkland shootings, the DRT team continues to be one of the first humanitarian teams nationwide to lend a helping hand to people in their most trying hours.

We Need YOUR Help

Read below to learn more about our latest emergency responses and how you can help survivors.

Famine, Food Emergency

Location:  Various countries

Date: July 2021 to present

Our Response:

Some 41 million people are on the brink of famine according to a report by the World Food Program.

Islamic Relief staff are on the ground, providing emergency aid to families in need across countries like Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Yemen, and South Sudan, but we need your support to reach more people and to provide more aid.

Please give generously.


Location:  East Africa

Date: ongoing

Our Response:

The ongoing drought in East Africa has led to severe food insecurity, triggering a humanitarian crisis. Drought in the region has caused food and income losses, crop failures, high livestock mortality, and rising levels of acute malnutrition. We are delivering aid through IR offices in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia to ensure quick, efficient, and effective distribution. Providing aid like food security,  farming inputs, rehabilitation of water reservoirs (WASH), borehole rehabilitation and programs like our Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) for needs like desert locust spraying, agricultural and livestock early warning training, and more. It is because of donors that this vital aid is possible, but it can only be sustained with your donations and continued support.


Location:  Afghanistan

Date: August 2021 to present

Our Response:

In Afghanistan, IRUSA has served for more than 20 years through our regional offices in Kabul, Herat, Bamyan, Nangar-har, and Balkh. Through these offices, we are able to quickly and accurately assess the needs on the ground and provide immediate relief including:

  • Food aid to those suffering from hunger
  • Water storage units and hygiene kits to displaced families
  • Essential non-food items, like cooking pots, utensils, pots, soaps and detergents, solar-powered lamps, towels, and more
  • Family-sized emergency tents and the necessary tools for pitching

Help the people of Afghanistan with your donation today.

PLEASE NOTE: Donations made to IRUSA’s Global Emergency Response fund may serve urgent anywhere across the world.
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