Yordanus, eco-tourism centre leader and community elder, demonstrating how to tap rubber. Photo credit: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia.

Asia Emergency Appeal

You can provide critical aid and assistance to communities in Asia devastated by earthquakes, cyclones, flooding or conflicts. Your donation means that our partners on the ground can respond quickly and efficiently when disasters strike. 

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Flooding and landslides in Timor-Leste and Indonesia

Intense floods and landslides in Timor-Leste and Indonesia have left thousands of people homeless.  

On 4 April 2021, Tropical Cyclone Seroja struck Timor-Leste and eastern parts of Indonesiatriggering torrential rain and flash flooding 

Our local humanitarian and church partners are assessing the situation in order to help provide emergency support to vulnerable communities impacted most by this disaster.  

Timor-Leste is one of the least developed countries in our region, with 42% of the population living below the poverty line. Its capital, Dili, is under lockdown following a record rise in locally acquired cases. 

Indonesia has also struggled to contain the spread of COVID-19, with over 1.5 million confirmed cases – the highest in South East Asia. The floods will heighten the risk of community transmission, with thousands of displaced residents forced to seek shelter together in close quarters inside evacuation centres.  

Your donation today can support communities across Asia impacted by disasters. 



West Sulawesi earthquake

Two earthquakes struck West Sulawesi in Indonesia on 14-15 January 2021, killing at least 105 people and leaving thousands homeless.  

The challenges of the earthquake response have been magnified by COVID-19, with the Indonesian hospital system already under significant strain.  

Caritas Australia’s partners are on the ground responding to the immediate needs of the families who have been temporarily displaced.  

Families across the region are in urgent need of: 

  • food 
  • clean water 
  • clothing 
  • hygiene kits 
  • blankets and mats 
  • medical attention 
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) and shelter 


Philippines, Cambodia and Vietnam hit by back-to-back typhoons

Philippines, Cambodia and Vietnam have been affected by the worst storms in nearly a decade 

The region was also hit by two back to back typhoons in October 2020.   
Typhoon Quinta hit the Philippines on October 23, and was followed by Typhoon Goni only a week later. These typhoons have brought havoc, hitting the Philippines with winds of up to 225 kilometres per hour, and causing even more flooding in Vietnam and Cambodia. 
Across the region, homes and livelihoods have been lost to the storms and floodwaters. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled to evacuation centres, where the risks of spreading COVID-19 are high. On the day that Typhoon Goni hit, there were nearly 3,000 new cases reported in the Philippines alone. Families need help to return to their homes to rebuild after this crisis. 
You can help provide critical supplies, services and essential food and help rebuild lives in a region that is often hard hit by typhoons.


When emergencies hit, we are on the ground with

Food, water and emergency shelter

Hygiene and sanitation kits

Medication and health services

Trauma support

Andrei in the Philippines. Photo credit: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia.

We're in a unique position to assist communities before, during and after emergencies. Our network reaches across Asia, and also works within parishes, schools and healthcare centres. But we can only continue this work with the help of generous, kind-hearted people, like you. 

With your help, we can be there when crises hit, providing essentials for survival: food, water, sanitation supplies and shelter. 

Please give what you can so that children, women and men receive the vital supplies they need to survive. 

We are currently supporting relief efforts in

Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar. Photo credit: Caritas Australia.

Rohingya Refugee Crisis, Bangladesh

Led by Caritas Bangladesh, we have been distributing food, water, cooking utensils and sanitation supplies to refugees across  Cox’s Bazar. We also assist families to build shelters and to access education and training.

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Destroyed house after typhoon destruction in Albay, Philippines. Photo: NASSA/Caritas Philippines

South-East Asia Crisis

When Super Typhoon Goni hit the Philippines, it destroyed thousands of homes, and brought some of the worst flooding and landslides in decades to Cambodia and Vietnam. We are working with our partners to assess the damage and provide shelter, food and sanitation kits to those in need.

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Sakun during Lockdown in India. Photo credit: Caritas India.

COVID-19 Prevention

In Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and the Philippines, we are distributing health educational materials and hosting awareness-raising sessions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. We are providing food, sanitation and hygiene kits (including masks and hand sanitisers) to those most at risk.

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The flood waters destroyed roads in Dili, Timor Leste. Credit: Antonio Sampaioepa

Timor-Leste and Indonesian Floods

Torrential rain caused by Tropical Cyclone Seroja has devasted Timor-Leste and parts of eastern Indonesia. Flash floods and landslides have destroyed homes and left thousands of people homeless. Our local humanitarian and church partners are assessing the situation in order to help provide emergency support to those impacted most by this disaster.

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