2022 in review: Natural disasters wreak havoc across Asia

It has been a tough year for vulnerable communities, with natural disasters across Asia causing widespread destruction across the region.

  • Devastating floods in Pakistan have claimed the lives of more than 1,100 people and affected 33 million people across the country.
  • In November, an earthquake in Indonesia killed at least 336 people in West Java, many of them schoolchildren.
  • Multiple typhoons have battered The Philippines, with thousands displaced.
  • The ongoing unrest in Afghanistan continues to push thousands into extreme poverty with the humanitarian situation rapidly deteriorating.

When an emergency occurs, our partners on the ground are there to provide urgent relief to those who need it most. But this is only possible with the support of kind people like you.

Thank you for your kind and compassionate support. You have made a life-changing difference for families facing natural disasters and emergencies across Asia.

Snapshot of your impact in 2022

Caritas Pakistan assesses the damage from the floods. Photo: Caritas Pakistan

Pakistan floods

Over 33 million people were affected by the floods in Pakistan. Our partners on the ground are responding in the worst flood-hit areas in Pakistan to provide food distribution, shelter, medicine and hygiene supplies.

Caritas Australia partners are on the ground assessing the needs of affected communities. Photo: Laz Harfa

Indonesia earthquake

Caritas Australia’s partners are collaborating with local governments, trusted partners, and Churches to assess the needs on the ground and deliver emergency relief in the hardest-hit regions. One of the local Caritas offices, in the Diocese of Bogor, has been providing emergency food for affected families and humanitarian workers at the Parish of St. Peter, Cianjur.  

Destruction after Typhoon Rai in the Philippines. Photo: Caritas Philippines.

Philippines typhoons

Caritas Australia’s partner Caritas Philippines is actively responding to help communities affected by Typhoon Rai. At present, Caritas Philippines is on track to provide shelter for more than 2,000 people across five dioceses who have lost their homes to the typhoon.

A young girl in Afghanistan studies. The remoteness of the village is a big problem, having in the past prevented many children from attending school. Photo: Stefanie Glinski for CRS.


With your support, our partners CRS has provided urgent aid to 88,927 people, including education and food assistance.

There’s still much more that needs to be done as we enter a new year. With your support, we can continue to provide lifesaving humanitarian aid to those who need it most.

The magnitude 5.6 earthquake caused significant damage to buildings. Photo: Laz Harfa

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The funds raised through this appeal will be used to provide immediate and longer-term humanitarian assistance to communities affected by crises in Asia. If any funds remain after a crisis, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond our control which limit our ability to use the funds, they are kept in the Asia Regional Appeal so that we can respond to ongoing development needs and future crises in the region.