Earlier this month, Kenya declared a national drought emergency, with 23 of its 47 counties currently affected.
Families in Mongolia are facing the devastation of losing their livestock following another hard dzud. The Mongolian Red Cross is responding with support through food packages and other non-food items. Pictures by Benjamin Suomela and Mirva Helenius.
Today, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an International Emergency Appeal to aid thousands of herder families in Mongolia whose livelihoods are at risk from severe winter conditions known as Dzud.
Prolonged and worsening drought conditions across Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya means that more than 11 million people are facing severe hunger and are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
Three people have lost their lives and two others have been injured after a series of avalanches struck a village near the northern Iranian city of Damavand in Tehran province on 3 February 2017. A number of cars were also hit by the deadly avalanches on a nearby road late Friday but Red Crescent rescue and relief teams succeeded in retrieving four vehicles from under the snow.
From mid-January, record-low temperatures brought miserable conditions to communities in much of northern Algeria.
The current crisis in the cold is compounded by last year’s severe winter, which affected around 965,000 people, mostly herders, and killed more than 1 million livestock.
The Red Cross is urging people to protect themselves against severe weather as sub-zero temperatures continue to freeze Europe.