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Figures released this week from the ONS show that more than one in three people have no savings to cope with unexpected emergencies.
A major typhoon hit Mindanao Island in the Philippines last night, and emergency teams went into action, reports Catholic aid agency CAFOD.
UNICEF is scaling up operations to help more families in conflict torn Syria, with provisions such as heating, children’s clothes and prefabricated classrooms.
Church charities have joined the massive relief effort in Assam state in the northeast region of India, which has experienced a devastating flood.
A tropical storm that hit the southern Philippines eight days before Christmas has prompted seasonal church solidarity with the victims.
Christian and other relief agencies providing aid to millions of people facing drought in Somalia face security issues in the war-torn country.
Christian Aid has welcomed the Humanitarian Emergency Response Review focus on disaster resilience, calling on the UK Government to step up support.
International development agency Oxfam says funds for the United Nations Pakistan disaster appeal are drying up and threatening millions of lives.
According to UNICEF and other agencies, 3 million people have been affected and over 1,400 killed in Pakistan's worst flooding for 80 years.
Development organisations are distributing emergency food aid, bottled water and hygiene kits to thousands of Honduran families who have been forced to flee their homes after nearly three weeks of torrential rain.