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Natural & manmade disasters are on the increase, leaving in their wake large-scale destruction, death and upheaval. Millions of people have been displaced as a result of these events and are forced to become refugees within their own countries. The Al-Imdaad Foundation has professionally trained emergency relief personnel who are readily able to respond to humanitarian disasters. We have dispatched our teams to assist in crisis situations across the globe, from the tsunamii in Indonesia to the earthquake in Haiti. Our priority is to assess the disaster, co-ordinate immediate aid distribution (food, shelter, etc), and then identify ways to provide long-term and sustainable aid to the people most affected.



Covid 19 Response

08 Apr 2020

The World Health Organisation has declared the Covid19 outbreak a global pandemic and South Africa is heading into lockdown to contain the rapid spread of the virus. At this critical time, Al-Imdaad foundation will be assisting vulnerable groups including the elderly, homeless, informal traders and others who may struggle during this period. Interventions will take place in South Africa and globally. DONATE NOW TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE IN THESE UNPRECEDENTED TIMES


Kashmir Needs You

23 Aug 2019

Kashmir is the beautiful, contested region at the heart of 70-year-old dispute. Since early August, things have taken a turn for the worse with curfews and security checkpoints limiting movement and placing added difficulties on average Kashmiris. Due to this situation, many are struggling to obtain basic food supplies and medical care whilst injuries have also been increasing. Al-Imdaad Foundation is working with partners to address the situation in Kashmir by providing struggling families...


South Asia Monsoon Floods 2019

05 Nov 2019

Devastating monsoon rains have caused large scale flooding in South Asia affecting millions in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Northeast India and Nepal. The flooding caused hundreds of deaths, displaced hundreds of thousands and caused widespread damage to homes and infrastructure. While current reports indicate that around 600 people have been killed across these countries, the real figure may well be higher because many casualties go unreported. UN estimates show that over 25 million people have been...


Cyclone Idai Relief

11 Feb 2020

Since early March, Tropical Cyclone Idai has been wreaking a path of havoc over Southern Africa. Making two landfalls since first forming on March 4th, Idai has brought strong winds and caused severe flooding in Madagascar, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. Hundreds of deaths have been recorded thus far with more than a million people affected. Catastrophic damage occurred in and around the southern Mozambican City of Beira where destruction in some areas has reached 90%. The death toll in Mozambique...


Syria Flood Relief

08 May 2019

In late December 2018 heavy rainfall caused severe flash flooding in parts of Idlib and Aleppo Province in Northern Syria. The flooding affected thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) in camps across five towns damaging some 2,214 tents and affecting up to 25 000 people. Some 500 families had their tents completely washed away and others have had their tents and belongings damaged or destroyed. Poor drainage, limited sewerage and the location of camps on agricultural ground with loose...


Sulawesi Multi-Disaster

11 Feb 2020

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake and powerful aftershocks struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday, September 28th,2018, triggering a tsunami that slammed into coastal areas around the provincial capital, Palu. By Sunday, September 30th, the death toll had risen over 800 with Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla saying the final toll could reach much higher. Countless buildings have collapsed, electricity and telecommunications have been cut off and transport networks have been damaged, limiting...


Idlib Emergency Appeal

27 Feb 2020

Idlib is the final opposition held territory of Syria and home to more than 3 million people. Over half of the population are internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have fled from other parts of the country. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are caught in the crossfire and airstrikes of the ongoing offensive on Idleb. Displaced persons are rapidly being pushed north to the Turkish border with the intensification of conflict in the area. They are becoming trapped in an ever shrinking territory,...


Lombok Earthquake

11 Feb 2020

Al-Imdaad Foundation is responding to the devastating earthquakes that struck the Indonesian Island of Lombok causing large scale destruction. In late July and the first weeks of August 2018, a series of earthquakes rocked the Island, including a Magnitude 7.0 earthquake on August 5th, a Magnitude 6.4 on July 29th and a Magnitude 6.2 on August 9th. By Friday August 10th, 2018, the death toll had risen to 320, with over 1099 serious injuries and more than 270, 000 people displaced. Al-Imdaad Foundation’s...


Kenya Floods 2018

30 Apr 2018

While parts of Kenya were still experiencing the impacts of drought, torrential rains commenced in March 2018 with at least 29 counties affected by changing climatic patterns resulting in floods. As of 7 May 2018, at least 311,164 have been displaced by floods across Kenya, according to the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA). The death toll has risen to at least 132 people, and a further 33 people have been injured. These numbers are likely to increase as the heavy rains are expected to...


East Ghouta Crisis and IDP Relief

12 Apr 2019

Al-Imdaad Foundation launched an emergency appeal to respond to the needs of the besieged people of Eastern Ghouta in late February 2018. Since February 17th, 2018, the Eastern Ghouta area on the outskirts of Damascus in Syria was subjected to increased shelling and heavy bombardment in residential and civilian areas. This led to more than 500 deaths in the first week with thousands more injured and maimed. The area had already been under siege since 2013 and displayed some of the worst child...


Yemen Crisis

27 Jan 2020

Airstrikes, armed clashes and attacks on civilian infrastructure which have been going on since March 2015 have resulted in the world’s largest food security crisis and enabled the spread of cholera at an unprecedented scale. More than half of the Yemeni population is still suffering from deliberate targeting and other apparent violations of International Humanitarian Law. All of this makes the Yemeni crisis one of the world’s largest man-made crises, and one which has displaced over three million...


Philippines Flood Relief 2018

21 Dec 2017

Al-Imdaad Foundation has responded to the needs of families in the Philippines who have been facing difficulty obtaining adequate food in the aftermath of a flood disaster on December 21, 2017. According to officials, the death toll from the disaster reached 200 people. National authorities confirmed that a typhoon reached the eastern shores of Mindanao Island, where the population is about 20 million and caused heavy rains, leading to the floods and landslides. Besides, the direct impact of the...


#CONTAINERS4ROHINGYA

01 Feb 2018

The Rohingya crisis has become one of the biggest humanitarian concerns in the global arena, with more than 530 000 newly displaced refugees having fled Bangladesh since 25th August 2017. These Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh with barely anything to their names. Many have only one set of clothes and with winter fast approaching, most do not have any protection against the drop in temperature. In a bid to mobilise the empathy of the South African people and to address the needs...


Local Emergency Relief

09 May 2019

Al-Imdaad Foundation teams operating from various local provincial branches regularly respond to small scale incidents that affect vulnerable communities. Oftentimes it is those who are already the worst off in terms of their economic standing that suffer most in heavy rains, hailstorms or fires. Our teams ensure that these people are not forgotten by conducting distributions of blankets, mattresses, hygiene packs and other essentials in the aftermath of their negative experiences.


SA Storm Relief

05 Jan 2018

The week starting Monday 9th October 2017, was a busy one in disaster relief for Al-Imdaad Foundation teams in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Freak weather storms had battered Gauteng on Monday before moving over coastal KwaZulu-Natal by Tuesday morning. In Gauteng, roofs were blown off malls, scores were displaced and widespread flooding and hail damage was reported, with the worst affected areas in Ekurhuleni Metro and Mogale City. Al-Imdaad Foundation teams were quick to respond in coordination...


Rohingya Crisis continues

25 Jan 2018

Rakhine, the poorest region in Myanmar, was home to more than a million Rohingya who have faced decades of persecution in a country, where they are not even considered citizens. The Rohingya are one of the most helpless and forsaken peoples of the world. An ethnic minority disdained by the Burmese public and ignored by the Burmese government, the Rohingya do not have full citizenship rights. Before the most recent mass exodus, about 1.1 million Rohingya lived in apartheid-like conditions in...


#SierraLeoneMudslide

13 Aug 2017

Devastating mudslides were triggered by three days of heavy rains in and around the capital of Sierra Leone, Freetown on 14th August 2017. The worst mudslides occurred in the coastal suburbs, as well as in the Regent area where thousands of makeshift settlements house the city’s poorest communities. At least 400 people, including more than 100 children, were killed following the collapse of a hillside in the area. Almost six hundred are still missing with the search for bodies continuing and the...


Durban Informal Settlement Fires

28 Jun 2017

Within the space of a few days, residents of informal settlements on Kennedy Road and Cherry Road in Durban, South Africa were subjected to devastating fires that spread rapidly between informal structures in the densely packed settlements. On June 29th on Cherry Road, over 93 buildings burned down affecting over 200 people. In the larger fire on Kennedy Road, over 200 hundred structures burned down leaving many homeless. Al-Imdaad Foundation teams were on the ground in the aftermath of both...


Western Cape Fire & Flood Relief

06 Jun 2017

Up to 10 000 residents were forced to evacuate their homes after intensive winds brought about what is being called the worst urban fire in recent memory in the Western Cape. The fire affected parts of the Southern Cape in Knysna and surrounding areas. The fire came on the back of what has been called the worst storm in 30 years in Cape Town which caused havoc on Wednesday June 7th 2017, ripping roofs off buildings and leading to widespread flooding in low-lying areas. Several thousand people...


Marawi Crisis

04 Jun 2017

The city of Marawi is located on the Island of Mindanao in the Philippines and is the capital of the Lano Del Sur province. On May 23rd, 2017, the city was over-run by the rebel group Maute, who has rejected the peace process agreed upon by other groups on the island. This prompted the declaration of Martial law on the Island and Government forces have since been involved in an operation to drive the militants out of the city. In the process over 250 000 people have been displaced from their homes....


Dakota Informal Settlement Fire

26 May 2017

A fire at the Dakota informal settlement in Isipingo Beach, KwaZulu-Natal, on Friday evening, destroyed 60 shacks and left around 200 people homeless. Due to the proximity of shacks to one another, the fire spread quickly and soon tore through large numbers of the poorly built structures. Al-Imdaad Foundation teams coordinated with disaster management authorities and other local NGOs to address needs of victims in displacement centres.


Somalia Food Crisis 2017

31 Oct 2017

Somalia teeters on the brink of a devastating famine as a result of an extended drought. Consecutive seasons of poor rainfall have caused the death of three quarters of the county’s livestock which are the main source of income and livelihood for most the population. An estimated 6.2 million Somalians are at risk of a famine that could be even worse than the 2011 disaster which claimed the lives of more than 260 000 people. Currently, more than 363 000 acutely malnourished children and 70 000...


Help Save Aleppo’s Evacuees

16 Dec 2016

Many neighbourhoods in eastern Aleppo faced a war of extermination under a brutal siege and the blockade of the only humanitarian access point into the area for much of 2016. Residents faced unprecedented shelling in the last weeks of the siege with over a thousand lives lost in strikes in November and early December 2016. Many other injured civilians also lost their lives due to the collapse of the medical system in the besieged areas. Chlorine gas and other illegal munitions were repeatedly...


Mount Ayliff Hailstorm

15 Nov 2016

On Wednesday November 9th 2016, a devastating hailstorm affected the Mount Ayliff area in the Eastern cape. In the worst affected township of Mobeni some 17 households were displaced with 13 families rendered completely homeless. An elderly 72 year old lady has also lost her life in the storm.


Hurricane Mathew Emergency Relief

04 Oct 2016

Hurricane Mathew was the worst Hurricane to hit Haiti in decades. A category 4 with wind speeds of over 230 kmh, it brought torrential rainfall and 16 metre high waves. In the southern peninsula of the country, the destruction was devastating, with whole towns completely flooded. Some areas were up to 90% destroyed and the death toll has risen to over 900. Already vulnerable and still recovering from 2010’s devastating earthquake, Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas has once again found...


Aleppo Post-Siege emergency relief

09 Aug 2016

East Aleppo has been victim to violent shelling and destruction since the start of 2016. Currently home to a population of 400,000 people composed mainly of women, children, and elderly people, Aleppo has been under a month-long siege since mid-July 2016. The siege and associated aerial bombardment completely cut-off the city’s residents and resulted in the destruction of 9 of its hospitals and local clinics. With the recent breaking of the siege on August 6th, 2016 a vital avenue for humanitarian...


July Durban Floods 2016

23 Jul 2016

On Sunday July 24th and the Morning of Monday July 25th, extensive flooding affected the greater Durban region causing structural damage, mudslides and the destruction of numerous informal houses. Responding to a request from the Provincial Disaster Management authorities, the Al-Imdaad Foundation provided blankets, mattresses, hygiene packs and other items to displaced victims.


Cyclone Roanu Relief 2016

20 May 2016

On 21st May 2016, Cyclone Roanu made landfall on Bangladesh, pounding coastal areas and forcing half a million people to flee their homes. Al-Imdaad Foundation teams were quickly on the ground to assist and provide emergency aid. Thousands of homes were completely wrecked in the storm and 500 000 have been put up by authorities in temporary shelters where they face daily essential needs. Al-Imdaad Foundation teams from our Bangladesh office have been responding to the Cyclone and associated...


Sri Lanka Floods 2016

15 May 2016

An estimated 500,000 people have been directly affected by a recent tropical cyclone in Sri Lanka with some places experiencing up to 300 mm of rainfall in 24hours. According to the Sri Lankan Disaster Management Centre, close to 307,000 people were displaced by the flooding and associated landslides with victims being housed at hundreds of temporary camps across Sri Lanka. The Al-Imdaad Foundation has been on the ground providing cooked meals and emergency aid to displaced families.


Durban Flash Floods 2016

08 May 2016

The Al-Imdaad Foundation has been responding to victims of the flash flooding that affected the greater Durban area at the weekend. The flooding saw some 206 ml of rainfall, more than the usual average for the whole month of May, received in just three days. According to weather authorities, large volumes of rain were the result of a ridging high pressure cell. Due to the rains and associated flash flooding, some six people lost their lives in the greater Durban area including a one year old...


Aleppo Emergency Appeal 2016

03 May 2016

The humanitarian situation unfolding in Aleppo since April 22nd, 2016, has been devastating. Indiscriminate attacks from multiple parties and the use of explosive weapons in populated areas have brought death and devastation to innocent bystanders and civilians. Thus far up to 280 civilians have lost their lives with many more injured in the crossfire. Despite recent pushes to re-establish the faltering February 28th ceasefire, the conditions on the ground are dire. The city, which was once...


Eastern Cape Hailstorm Relief 2016

03 Feb 2016

On Wednesday February 8th 2016 a devastating storm struck parts of the eastern cape causing injuries, damage to households and at least one death. The storm brought heavy rains and strong winds and wreaked havoc in Mount Frere and Mount Ayliff in the Alfred Nzo Municipality. Many towns and villages in the area were affected with some houses completely brought to the ground by the destructive force of the elements. Badly affected villages included Rhode, Mjila, ‎Ntsizwa, Mandileni, Sirhoqobeni...


Chile Earthquake 2015

15 Sep 2015

On Wednesday 16 the September 2015, a gigantic earthquake struck off the coast of Chile. With a magnitude of 8.3, it was the largest earthquake so far in 2015. In fact, it was five times the energy of had much more energy than the Nepal earthquake but had a lot less impact on human life and property due to the epicentre being off land. The quake’s epicentre was about 50km west of the small city of Illapel in the Pacific ocean. Early Tsunami warnings allowed over a million people to evacuate from...


Mediterranean refugee crisis 2015

04 Sep 2015

Global Al-Imdaad Foundation offices have launched an Emergency Appeal for the Mediterranean refugee crisis. This is a difficult and catastrophic situation which has been unfolding across the Mediterranean, powered by ongoing conflict and instability in the Middle East and North Africa. The “heart-breaking” image of a drowned refugee boy who washed up on a beach in Turkey has ricocheted around the world on social media, along with equally agonising images of children lying suffocated in the backs...


Rohingya Refugees in Indonesia 2015

09 May 2015

In the past three years, more than 120,000 Rohingyas have boarded ships to escape to continued persecution they have faced in Myanmar. Recently however, the boats they are travelling on have been turned away from land leaving many stranded off the coasts of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia with dwindling supplies of food and water. The Thai government has recently cracked down on the human smugglers who have traditionally taken the refugees to camps in southern Thailand where the hold them ransom,...


Nepal Earthquake 2015

24 Apr 2015

A massive earthquake of magnitude 7.8 on Richter scale (as per USGS) shook Nepal on 25th of April 2015 and has claimed the more than two thousand people as of Sunday April 26th. The quake, which struck around 12AM, local time, spread destruction across a wide area of territory, severely damaging Kathmandu’s historic center, flattening remote villages and triggering a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. The quake has also affected neighbouring countries including India, Bhutan and China. Many have...


The Al-Imdaad Foundation Responds to Xenophobic Attacks in Durban

29 Mar 2015

The past few weeks in South Africa have seen an outbreak in incidents of xenophobic violence in several areas of KZN primarily around the Durban area but also extending inland to provincial capital PMB and other smaller towns. Isolated incidents have also been reported in the Gauteng province. The attacks started three weeks ago and have seen thousands of foreign nationals displaced with a number of lives lost and serious injuries sustained. Temporary transition camps have been set up for the...


Tsunami redress in Sri-Lanka

20 Feb 2015

Sri Lanka was one of the countries worst affected by the Indian ocean tsunami on December 26, 2004. In early 2005, Sri Lankan authorities reported 30,196 confirmed deaths with many of the deceased being adults and the elderly citizens. The south and east coasts of the country were the worst hit and over 1.5 million people were displaced as a result. The death toll continued to rise with the rise of infectious diseases with cases of cholera confirmed. Livelihood generating property such as fishing...


Pietermaritzburg Hailstorm 2015

05 Feb 2015

Just after 18:00 on Friday the 6th of February, a massive hailstorm struck Pietermaritzburg and the surrounding areas damaging cars, windows and the roof tiles of many homes. In different areas the size of the hailstones ranged from pea sized to tennis ball sized in some areas. The largest hailstones affected the Scottsville area with some estimated to have been ten centimetres in diameter. The storm affected different areas indiscriminately however as usual it is the poorest people living in...


Southern Africa Floods

10 Jan 2015

Flooding in Southern Africa has taken lives, destroyed infrastructure and displaced multitudes in Malawi and Mozambique. In Malawi torrential rain has led to large scale flooding, leading to up to 176 deaths as of January 16 with more than 100 000 people displaced. Large scale damage has occurred to buildings, livestock and crops and a state of emergency has been declared in 15 of Malawi's 28 districts. More than 200 schools have been severely damaged or completely washed away and many more...


Malaysian Flood Crisis

31 Dec 2014

Heavy seasonal rains and strong winds in December have affected most parts of Malaysia and are expected to continue until January. The rain caused some of the most severe flooding in 50 years, battering the 7 states of the East Coast largely affecting Kelantan (highest recorded at 255 mm). At least 21 people have been killed and almost a quarter of a million people have been displaced with Kelantan being the worst-hit state.


Aid to widow and orphan victims of Kashmir floods 2014

20 Oct 2014

The floods which hit Kashmir in early September 2014, as a result of severe torrential rain led to the loss of many lives including more than 300 in Srinagar. In the village of Frisal, one of the worst hit by the floods, up to 75 houses was washed away. The People of Kashmir and the Indian-State Government experienced difficulties dealing with aftermath of the floods. Up to 1 million people were displaced and the infrastructure of affected areas was severely damaged with roads and telecommunications...


Estcourt Hail Disaster 2014

17 Oct 2014

On the 12th of October 2014, at around 16h00, the Umtshezi municipality was hit by a severe hailstorm. This storm caused damages to households in the following areas: KwaMatshesi, Emobeni , Kwamgwenya (ward 09) and Heviland (ward 08). As is most often the case it is the poorest people with the worst constructed houses who are the worst affected. According to UThukela District Disaster Management over 85 households were assessed and the immediate needs included Blankets, Food parcels & Plastic...


Assam Floods 2014

04 Oct 2014

During region wide floods that struck South Asia in 2014, the Indian state of Assam was affected by the worst spate of flooding in recent years. Many villages across the state were submerged and a huge number of embankments, roads, houses and other public infrastructure were damaged. Up to 899 villages were affected by the flood as well as 42 revenue circles including areas used for human habitation, livestock farming and cropland. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) reported...


I NEED YOU Flour Campaign

01 Oct 2014

Years of war and destruction have ravaged Syria’s economy, sent prices rocketing and created a situation of scarcity where even the essentials of day to day life are difficult to obtain. One such essential is bread, the price of which has risen by up to 500% since the start of the conflict due to the shortage of flour, yeast and diesel fuel for bakery equipment. Many bakeries have also had to close down because of these shortages whilst some others have been destroyed during the conflict. This...


Al-Imdaad Responds to Amoati and Cato-Crest Informal Settlement Fires

27 Sep 2014

On the 19th and 25th of September 2014 fires broke out in the Amoati and Cato-Crest informal settlements respectively leading to 62 houses being burnt down and up to 130 left homeless between the two. Responding to a request from the eThekwini disaster management team, the Al-Imdaad Foundation conducted an aid distribution on the 26th of September for the benefit of the victims.


Woodstock Informal Settlement Fire Incident

17 Sep 2014

On the 18th of September 2014 a fire broke out in the Woodstock Informal Settlement near the Mountainrise area of Pietermaritzburg. It is believed that the dry weather conditions at the time gave rise to a veld fire which spread into the settlement along Woodstock Road. Houses and property of the residents in the settlement were severely damaged with some completely destroyed leaving these already vulnerable people homeless and without belongings.


Al-Imdaad Foundation responds to South Asia Floods

02 Sep 2014

The latest torrential rains in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Nepal, has left many villages have been affected with a great number of affected people. Due to the nature of the situation, immediate response is required for the affected people in the region. A large number of villages have been cut off from the outside world and hundreds of people marooned.Adjoining areas have received the heaviest rainfall in the main cities; however, some districts are still in dire need of humanitarian...


Gaza Crisis - Emergency Relief 2014

24 Oct 2017

The end of the 2014 war in Gaza revealed a reality that was, perhaps, harsher than the war itself. The Gaza Strip, a small densely populated area, is perhaps the only place in the world that has suffered three devastating wars requiring extensive reconstruction three times in seven years. The 2014 crisis caused vast devastation and damage to many areas that had barely recovered from the last assault with the effect that Gaza was literally...


Greater Kokstad Area Veld Fire

16 Jun 2014

On the 15th of June 2014, veld fires were reported on farms in the Greater Kokstad area. According to a COGTA preliminary report which was delivered during the briefing session in the local municipality held on 17/06/2014, 11 farms were affected and 3 people were confirmed death. The veld fires first broke out in Cedarville Township which is under Matatiele Municipality in the Eastern Cape. They affected 11 farms and five households in total burning large expanses of cropland and casing the death...


Bosnia Floods - 2014

26 May 2014

The recent floods that have ravaged Bosnia and surrounding areas has been described as the worst in living memory. Triggering landslides, these floods have left a trail of destruction with homes being toppled, buildings submerged in mud, trees uprooted and villages left strewn with the rotting corpses of livestock. Further fears of causalities and destruction are threatening the already battered Bosnian population as the river Sava swells and mines from the early 90's war have been washed out....


Al-Imdaad Foundation responds to the crsis in Marikana.

20 May 2014

The Al-Imdaad Foundation responded to the crisis in Maricana by distributing hampers to starving workers of the Anglo American platinum mine.


Al-Imdaad Foundation responds to East London Flood disaster

25 Apr 2014

Non-stop rains have wreaked havoc in East London and surrounding areas, causing major damage to property and roads. Idutywa, which falls in the Mbhashe Local Municipality and is part of the Amathole District was hit by a severe hailstorm that caused extensive damage in the area over the Easter weekend. Being in constant contact with Eastern Cape Provincial Disaster Management officials since the onset of the heavy rains, the Al-Imdaad Foundation’s Eastern Cape office identified over 600 people...


Central African Republic humanitarian crisis 2014

04 Feb 2014

Date: 19 February 2014. The Central African Republic (CAR) is one the poorest countries in the world. It never really was a functioning state and its people have little confidence in its politicians. Over the last few months the ethnic cleansing of Muslim civilians is continuing in (CAR) which has led to a major humanitarian crisis. Thousands of people have been killed over last few months - shot, hacked or burnt in a territory the size of France, the exact toll may never be known. The violence...


Gaza Floods 2013 – Emergency Relief

17 Dec 2013

More than 5,000 people have been evacuated from flood-damaged homes in northern Gaza and at least one person killed in what the United Nations called "a disaster area". The flooding, caused by four days of torrential rain, was so severe that many homes could only be accessed by rowing boat with water two metres deep in some places. Severe weather in the form of heavy snowfall also paralysed Palestinian cities such as Hebron in the occupied West Bank, as well as Jerusalem. In Gaza, many people...


Emergency Aid For 2013 Assam Floods

12 Jul 2013

The 2013 Assam floods affected the Indian state of Assam after heavy rainfall at the end of June in the Arunachal Pradesh state The flood submerged 12 out of 27 districts in the state affecting more than 100,000 people. According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority's up to 396 villages were affected and around 7000 hectares of agricultural land were destroyed. Many roads and bridges were washed away making overland transport very difficult. Up to 8 relief camps were set up where about...


Humanitarian Crisis in Sudan - 2013

07 Jul 2013

Sudan, officially the Republic of the Sudan or North Sudan, is Africa’s 3rd largest country with Khartoum being the capital city. A country in East Africa, Sudan is surrounded by Egypt, the Red Sea, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Chad and Libya. With a territory of approximately 1,886 million square it is the 16th largest in the world. After the split of Sudan and South Sudan in 2011 it lost the privilege of being the largest country in Africa in terms of the size of...


Al-Imdaad Container Village Inside Syria - 2013

05 Jul 2013

PROJECT BACKGROUND An ongoing internal conflict, the Syrian uprising is part of a wave of social upheaval throughout the Arab world demanding greater political freedom and an end to autocracy. Gaining inspiration from concurrent regional protests, public demonstrations seeking to address government corruption, a high rate of unemployment and the absence of an effective constitution began on the 26th of January 2011 and developed into a nationwide uprising. In an attempt to quell the uprising,...


Cyclone Mahasen Relief 2013

15 May 2013

In May 2013 a tropical Cyclone made landfall near the second largest city of Chittagong in Bangladesh bringing heavy rains and wind speeds of up to 90 km/h. Tidal flooding affected hundreds of villages and tens of thousands of homes and 128 lakh hectares of cultivated land were destroyed. More than 1, 2 million people were affected by the storm throughout the country.


Bangladesh garment factory disaster

30 Apr 2013

On 24 April, at least 385 people were killed when the concrete structure collapsed in Bangladesh’s Savar industrial suburb (24km northwest Dhaka), trapping more than 3,000 mostly garment workers inside.Rescue workers in Bangladesh gave up hopes of finding any more survivors in the remains of a building that collapsed five days ago, and began using heavy machinery on Monday to dislodge the rubble and look for bodies — a mainstay of Bangladesh’s economy — hundreds of workers poured into the streets...


Al-Imdaad Responds to the Eastern Cape flood disaster.

21 Apr 2013

On Sunday, 21 April 2013, the Al-Imdaad Foundation received information from MEC P Majodina that parts of the Eastern Cape were experiencing floods with Umtata, Port St Johns and Idutywa being the worst hit. Responding to the MEC’s request for blankets, members of Al-Imdaad accompanied the executive mayor of OR Tambo district as well as senior leaders of the Department of Social Development to the Umtata Civic Centre where a distribution was set to take place. Acting upon the advice of the...


Al-Imdaad renders aid to the Balkan states

27 Mar 2013

In our busy lives there are many things that we fail to be grateful for and many things that we take for granted. None more so than the truly invaluable gift of Imaan and the blessings of being Muslim. This gift of Imaan allows us to draw from the endless bounties of Almighty Allah and provides us with a way of life that will ensure our success in this world and the hereafter. Whilst many of us fail to acknowledge how fortunate we are to have this Deen and most of us abuse this privilege, there...


Al-Imdaad Foundation responds to heavy rainfall in Msinga

21 Feb 2013

On Monday,11 February 2013, severe thunderstorms struck Ward 5 of Tugela Ferry in the Malomini area. Heavy rainfall accompanied by high wind speeds resulted in flash floods causing extensive damage to housing and road infrastructure within the Msinga Local Municipality. Members of the Al-Imdaad Foundation conducted an assessment on the 14 of February 2013 finding that 138 houses were affected across all wards, 8 people lost their lives and 2 people were missing. In Ward 5 of Tugela Ferry, 6 houses...


Al-Imdaad responds to Delmas xenophobic violence.

20 Feb 2013

The Al-Imdaad Foundation responded to Xenophobic violence in Delmaas on the 27th of February 2013. Attacks of this nature have been ongoing since the 21 of February 2013 but have recently resulted in the looting and displacement of foreigners, mostly of Ethiopian and Bangladeshi origin


Al-Imdaad Responds to Estcourt Storm Disaster

05 Feb 2013

The quiet town of Estcourt was struck by a severe hail storm on Wednesday, the 6th of February 2012. Four areas bore the brunt of the storm with Colita, Lyndhurst, Rensburg and Mabalonini suffering the most damage. Many businesses in town also suffered damage to their buildings and goods and many homes also had their roofs blown away by the rasping winds that accompanied the storm.


Mali Crisis 2013

31 Jan 2013

The 2012 Tuareg Rebellion in the West African nation of Mali has seen the country become embroiled in an ongoing power struggle. Led by the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), this conflict is a war of independence against the Malian government in the Sahara Desert region of Azawad. Following the March 2012 coup d’etat that overthrew Mali’s democratically elected government, Mali is now in the grip of an overlapping security, political and humanitarian crisis, one of the most...


Al-Imdaad Foundation responds to the Bergville Storm Disaster

16 Jan 2013

Heavy downpours on the 31st of December2012 saw the small town of Bergville in the Okhalamba Region being adversely affected. More than 150 houses were affected by the heavy rain and lightning claimed the lives of two people.


Al-Imdaad Foundation responds to Sasolburg Storm disaster

16 Jan 2013

The Al-Imdaad Foundation was requested to intervene in Sasolburg after a brutal storm hit the area on Tuesday the 1st of January 2013.


Al-Imdaad responds to KZN storm disaster

12 Dec 2012

The Al-Imdaad Foundation has dispatched an emergency relief team to Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, after more than 300 residents homes were damaged by hailstones on December 9, 2012. The hailstones, some as big as tennis balls, caused widespread damage in the suburbs of Acaciavale, Ntombi's Camp and Steadville. The relief efforts are continuing.


Mamelodi Flood Disaster (PRETORIA)

17 Sep 2012

On 20 August 2012 a burst water pipe caused freak floods in the Phomolong Informal settlement east of Mamelodi in Pretoria. Two children were killed and up to 800 residents had to be evacuated. Several shacks that had been built on top of the pipe, which runs just a few metres under the ground, were completely destroyed by the floods. The force of the water was so strong that eye-witnesses described how shack had been flung into the air. Many victims lost everything and had to be accommodated...


Mosenthal Thunderstorm Disaster

05 Sep 2012

Mosenthal is a poor and impoverished area on the outskirts of Rustenburg in the North West province of South Africa. On the 6th September 2012, a thunderstorm struck the region. The Mosenthal Thunderstorm Disaster wreaked havoc and left 89 learners injured, 2 learners and educators seriously injured and 68 houses damaged including 20 shacks which were completely destroyed. Al-Imdaad which enjoys a close relationship with Disaster Management departments across the country, responded immediately....


India, Assam - Floods 2012

18 Aug 2012

In early July 2012, the province of Assam, India was hit by one the worst floods in recent years resulting in thousands of villages across the state being completely submerged. The devastating current of water struck 1543 villages across 24 of the 27 districts of Assam, destroying livestock and thousands of acres crops. Millions of people have been displaced and over one hundred men, women and children have lost their lives.


Genocide in Burma

30 Jul 2012

Incidents Since June 2012 The last incidents broke out on 3 June when 10 Muslims travelling from the capital Akyab to Maungdaw were killed by Buddhist fanatics. Hundreds of Muslims gathered at the central mosque in Maungdaw to protest the attack but hardline Buddhists and the Burmese police, who viewed the protest as a threat to their existence, attacked the local Muslims and killed and wounded many. The Burmese police branded the protest as an uprising against the state and ordered the punishment...


Alexandra Township Fire Disaster

19 May 2012

Fire disasters are a common phenomenon in South Africa especially during the winter season. A major contributing factor towards this phenomenon is that South Africa has a large number of informal settlements with shacks erected close to one another. These dwellings lack basic services such as electricity, forcing its inhabitants to resort to the use of paraffin heaters, lamps and stoves. Many a times, the incorrect use of these paraffin stoves are regarded as the cause of fatal shack fires in...


Comoros Flash Flood Relief

02 May 2012

Since 20 Apr 2012, the Islands of Comoros have been battered by torrential rains, which caused heavy floods, landslides and rockslides. According to a joint assessment by the Comoros Government and humanitarian agencies, nearly 50,000 people have been affected by the rains, including more than 9,000 who were forced to leave their homes. Access to affected villages is limited due to landslides and floods, and it is likely that more people have been displaced in those villages. Electricity supplies...


Storm Disaster - Weenen

24 Feb 2012

In recent weeks, Estcourt and surrounding areas have experienced a high number of electrical and thunderstorms in particular. Apart from bringing much needed rain, these storms also have within them the power of destruction. On the 22nd of February 2012, one such storm struck ward 7 on the outskirts of Weenen, bringing with it lashing wind and rain causing flooding as well as massive damage to houses in the area. Twenty seven homes were affected by the storm, at least 5 having their roofs completely...


Humanitarian Crisis in Syria

31 Oct 2017

An ongoing internal conflict that has torn a country apart, the Syrian uprising began as part of a wave of social upheaval throughout the Arab world demanding greater political freedom and an end to autocracy. Gaining inspiration from concurrent regional protests, public demonstrations seeking to address government corruption, a high rate of unemployment and the absence of an effective constitution began on the 26th of January 2011 and developed into a nationwide...


Mafraq Distribution Centre in Jordan

19 Feb 2012

Ever since the start of the Syrian conflict Jordan has been one of the frontier states accepting Syrian refugees and now hosts one of the largest refugee populations in the Arab world. The Mafraq governorate of Jordan sharing a border with Syria is host to the largest share of Syrian refugees in the country. It is the point of first entry for many who have lost everything and the location of the largest refugee camp in the world, the Zaatari camp. Early on in 2012 the Al-Imdaad Foundation decided...


Mafraq Distribution Centre in Jordan

19 Feb 2012

Ever since the start of the Syrian conflict Jordan has been one of the frontier states accepting Syrian refugees and now hosts one of the largest refugee populations in the Arab world. The Mafraq governorate of Jordan sharing a border with Syria is host to the largest share of Syrian refugees in the country. It is the point of first entry for many who have lost everything and the location of the largest refugee camp in the world, the Zaatari camp. Early on in 2012 the Al-Imdaad Foundation decided...


Cyclones Giovanna & Irina - Madagascar

13 Feb 2012

A country which feels the force of around 60 percent of the storms that form over the Indian Ocean every year, the cyclone-prone island of Madagascar was once again struck by a category-four tropical storm on the 14th of February 2012. Mustering winds up to 194km/h, Cyclone Giovanna tore into the eastern port city of Toamasina ripping up trees and electricity pylons. Post cyclone assessments revealed that 11 000 were left homeless and that there was a severe shortage of clean drinking water and...


Al-Imdaad Foundation responds to Xenophobic attacks in Welkom

07 Feb 2012

In a spate of Xenophobic attacks, foreign nationals were attacked with their shops and homes being looted in the towns of Welkom and Odendaalsrus. More than 250 Bangladeshi shop owners were left displaced with many sustaining injuries after disgruntled youth unable to acquire jobs at the local mines turned on the foreign businessman


Mpumalanga Limpopo Floods Jan 2012

19 Jan 2012

19 January 2012 Hundreds of people, including primary school children, left destitute and stranded by days of heavy rain and flooding in Mpumalanga and Limpopo, have been plucked to safety by air force and police helicopters. The two-day high-risk aerial and ground rescue, which has developed into a humanitarian relief mission, was launched after rain deluged large sections of the eastern parts of the country and Mozambique earlier this week. Rivers burst their banks, flooding large tracts...


Aid for those affected by floods in Weenen and Rensburgdrift

15 Dec 2011

Flooding in Weenen and Rensburgdrift in northern KZN left many families in a very vulnerable situation with homes and property damaged by the floods. Al-Imdaad respondd to these communities which are neighbours to the head office in Estcourt.


KZN Flood Relief

30 Nov 2011

A thunderstorm accompanied by heavy rain struck all regions of the eThekwini Municipality on 27 November 2011 resulting in storm- water systems blockage. The large quantities of solid waste/refuse in water caused the storm water pipes to be blocked. This storm caused major disruption, it did result in localized flooding, land-slides, roads being temporarily closed, traffic disruption and motor vehicle accidents. Rising river levels threatened informal settlements located in low-lying areas. Transit...


Turkish Earthquake - Van - Ercis District

02 Nov 2011

Van is a city in South Eastern Turkey located at an elevation of 1750 m. The city of Van lies on the eastern shore, at a distance of 5 kilometres of Lake Van, the largest lake in Turkey. According to the official record, the population of the city is 1,050,000 out of which many live close to the city centre. Agri in the North, Bitlis in the West, Siirt in the Southwest and Hakkari in the South are the neighbouring cities of to Van. Moreover, Van has a border with Iran on the East. Bahcesaray,...


Setswetla Informal Settlement Fire and Storm Disaster

28 Oct 2011

The Setswetla Informal Settlement is a poor and impoverished suburb in Johannesburg. The inhabitants of this area are mainly poor and live in squalid conditions. The shacks are delicate and are vulnerable to the elements of nature. Disaster Management of the area has always appealed to Al Imdaad Foundation to assist these communities in times of crisis. AIF has always been at the forefront of any relief operation when disasters have struck the region.


Ficksburg Tornado Disaster Relief

08 Oct 2011

Tornadoes are very uncommon in South Africa and as a consequence even the smallest of tornadoes can have a large impact. This is especially the case when they affect poor and badly constructed structures that characterise informal settlement buildings. In the tornado that struck an informal settlement outside Ficksburg in 2011 extensive damage occurred necessitating a rapid response


Pakistan Floods 2011

15 Sep 2011

DEVASTATING rains have triggered floods in southern Pakistan, affecting at least 700,000 people and forcing 60,000 from their homes, officials have said. Villages have been flooded and crops destroyed in Pakistan's bread basket of Sindh province, one of the worst-hit areas in the unprecedented floods of 2010 that affected 21 million people and caused losses of $9.57 billion. "At least 700,000 people have been affected by the floods caused by the recent rains in the six districts of Sindh province,"...


AIF assist motorist stranded on the N3 due to heavy snowfall.

28 Jul 2011

The Al-Imdaad Foundation responded to a call from the traffic department to assist motorist stranded on the N3 due to the Heavy snowfall. Amongst those stranded were 150 school children and 700 motorist. The AIF team worked till late into the evening alongside with the fire and traffic department distributing water and food hampers. Ladysmith emergency services helped those in need of medical assistance.


Horn of Africa Drought Appeal

06 Jul 2011

The 2011 Horn of Africa drought is a severe drought that is affecting millions in the region due to the absence of seasonal rains for a long period of time. This has caused many crops to fail and subsequently affected the livestock of many poor and impoverished families. Experts have indicated to the humanitarian fraternity that rains are not expected to return until September 2011. This drought is said to be the worst in 60 years. The drought has caused a food crisis in the Horn of Africa...


Durban Central Fire Disaster

02 Jul 2011

On the evening of 02 July 2011, disaster struck Central Durban when a fire guttered a 'housing' compound comprising of mostly refugees and migrant workers, leaving hundreds of men women and children homeless. the AL-IMDAAD FOUNDATION responded within minutes of the disaster, providing much needed emergency relief supplies, such as blankets, payment for temporary shelter and arrangements for meals. National Co-ordinator and CEO of AIF, personally oversaw the relief aid operation for the victims...


Port Elizabeth Flood Relief

09 Jun 2011

Port Elizabeth also known as "The Windy City" has a subtropical climate with light rain throughout the year. It is regarded as one of the windiest cities in the world. Port Elizabeth has an oceanic climate. The area lies between the winter rainfall, Mediterranean climate zones of the Western Cape and the summer rainfall regions of eastern South Africa. Winters are cool but mild and summers are warm but considerably less humid and hot than more northerly parts of South Africa's east coast. This...


Orange Farm Fire Disaster

05 May 2011

Orange Farm is a township located approximately 45 km from Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, South Africa. It is the largest informal settlement in South Africa, with most estimates giving a population of 1 million people. Most people live in Shacks. The streets are full of dongas and when it rains the streets become muddy making ii impossible for cars to pass. Many of the inhabitants of Orange Farm are poor and impoverished.


The Japanese Tsunami

11 Mar 2011

11 March 2011 The Japanese earthquake and tsunami was an 8.9-magnitude earthquake which occurred on the 11 March 2011. It caused massive and destructive tsunami waves. It measured 8.9 by the United States Geological Survey making it the largest earthquake to hit Japan in recorded history. The earthquake triggered a tsunami warning for Japan's Pacific coast and various other countries, including New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Guam, Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Hawaii, Northern...


The Libyan Crisis

03 Mar 2011

Libya is the fourth largest country in Africa with an area of approximately 1 million 800 thousand square kilometers. The capital of Libya is Tripoli. It is home to nearly 1.7 million of Libya's 6.4 million people. Libya is one of the world's 10 richest oil-producing countries. Due to severe unrest in Libya in recent days, this has led to a humanitarian catastrophe. Estimates suggest that up to 147,000 people have fled Libya to Egypt, Tunisia and Niger. Reports have also indicated that thousands...


New Zealand Earthquake

21 Feb 2011

The earthquake which struck Christchurch was a 6.3-magnitude earthquake which struck the Canterbury region in New Zealand's South Island at 12:51 pm on 22 February 2011. Centered close to Heathcote Valley, 5 kilometres to the north of the town of Lyttelton, the quake caused widespread damage and multiple fatalities in nearby Christchurch-New Zealand's second-most populous city. There are unconfirmed reports that the death toll could reach 200–400. The Mayor of Christchurch says at least 200...


Northern Natal & Gauteng Floods - Ladysmith

11 Jan 2011

Ladysmith is located on the banks of the Klip River (stone river), with the central business district and a large part of the residential areas located within the flood basin of the river. It is on on the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains, about 26 km from the Van Reenen pass. The town has suffered severely from flooding of the Klip River since it was establshed some 110 years ago. Till the completion of the Qedusizi Dam in 1997, 29 serious floods have occurred. Minor flooding occurred...


Mount Merapi Volcano Relief, Indonesia

31 Oct 2010

The name Merapi could be translated as “Mountain of Fire”. Presently, the name suites the disastrous situation literally. Smoke can be seen billowing from the mountain at least 300 days in a year, and several eruptions have caused serious fatalities in recent times. In November 1994, hot gas from a large explosion killed at least 27 people, mostly in the town of Muntilan, west of the volcano. Another large eruption occurred in 2006, shortly before the Yogyakarta earthquake to which the Al-Imdaad...


Bramley/Alex Fire Disaster - 4 October 2010

02 Oct 2010

Hundreds of shack dwellers in Bramley, north of Johannesburg, remained destitute on Monday after a shack fire at the weekend. About four hundred families were left homeless on Sunday. Most of the residents lost all their possessions in the fire and have been sleeping on the ground. The settlement affected was a camp of 1,200 to 1,400 people. Disaster Management appealed to Al-Imdaad Foundation for assistance in helping the victims of the fire. The Al-Imdaad Foundation adhered to the call and...


Pakistan Flood Relief - 2010

24 Aug 2010

• Over 1600 people have died and close onto 20 million have been directly affected. • 1.2 million houses have been destroyed. • 3.2m hectares of standing crops have been lost or damaged. • 2,055 people have been injured. • About 3.5 million children are considered to be at risk of water borne diseases which include diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid. The massive floods that began to hit Pakistan in late July have afflicted the country extremely. Seventy-nine of the country’s 124 districts...


Kennedy Road Informal Settlement Fire Disaster

04 Jul 2010

The Al-Imdaad Foundation (AIF) responded swiftly with aid for the victims of a massive fire in the Kennedy Road informal settlement in Durban which broke out on Sunday, 4 July 2010. Two people lost their lives and more than 2000 others were left homeless. On Monday, July 5 2010, the AIF team and KZN MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube conducted a ceremonial handover of food hampers at the Kennedy Road Hall. AIF then entered joint discussions with the KZN Disaster Management,...


Alexandra Fire Disaster / Winter Warmth Relief

16 Jun 2010

More than 450 squatters were left homeless when their shacks were razed to the ground after a fire broke out in the Alexandra township in Johannesburg on June 18 2010. They lost most of their possessions and had no other means of shelter during the bitterly cold winter month. The Al-Imdaad Foundation liased with the SA Disaster Management to provide immediate aid to the victims. After conducting an assessment of the disaster with the local authorities and those affected, AIF distributed food...


Haiti Earthquake Relief Mission

11 Jan 2010

An earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale struck Haiti on January 12 2010, resulting in an unprecedented scale of disaster and despair. More than 300 000 people died and millions were left homeless. The Al-Imdaad Foundation responded to the crisis by dispatching its team of relief workers to Port-au-Prince. Headed by AIF projects co-ordinator Qari Ziyaad Patel, they worked closely with the South African Emergency Operations Committee to co-ordinate a comprehensive response to the disaster. The...


Padang Earthquake - October 2009

14 Oct 2009

The 7.6 magnitude earthquake that shook the city of Padang on Indonesia’s Sumatra Island in October 2009, killed thousands of people, left many injured and trapped numerous people in rubble. Though 7 districts were affected, the worst hit districts were Padang City and Padang Pariaman. The massive earthquake caused widespread damage to water and electricity supplies, high rise buildings and homes. Those affected were mostly from poor backgrounds living in poor quality houses. Almost 180,000 houses...


Pakistan Swat Valley Relief - 2009

31 Jul 2009

In early 2009 the lands of Buner and SWAT (Pakistan) were in constant turmoil due to intense fighting between government forces and militants. Due to continuous bombing and shelling thousands were forced to flee Pakistan’s swat valley only to settle in under-equipped refugee camps and hospitals which sparked a humanitarian crisis in the conflict-ridden region


Gaza Crisis - Emergency Relief

01 Jan 2009

The Al-Imdaad Foundation was the first South African Aid organisation to respond to war-torn Gaza after a massive wave of airstrikes were launched on the Gaza strip in late Dec 2008. The attacks resulted in many civilians being killed injuring hundreds more. Images from targeted areas showed dead and injured Palestinians, burning and destroyed buildings and scenes of panic and chaos on Gaza’s crowded streets. Reports from NGO’s in the region confirmed a figure of 400 dead, including women and...


Cyclone Sidr

18 Dec 2007

Cyclone Sidr, a category 4 cyclone, hit Bangladesh’s south-western coast on Thursday, 15 November 2007. Heavy rains were experienced throughout the country, including the capital Dhaka. The cyclone hit offshore islands in the Bay of Bengal. The cyclone has affected 3.5 million people and latest reports from the government of Bangladesh indicate that more than 3000 people have lost their lives. Thousands are missing and injured, a number likely to increase substantially to exceed 10 000. The greatest...


Winterton Fire 2007

28 Jul 2007

In July 2007 the winter fire season saw a devastating fire striking the Winterton Area of northern KwaZulu-Natal. Reports indicate the death of a young child and the serious injury of up to twenty five people. The fire affected rural dwellers totally destroying 40 homesteads and eight labour houses, a further 38 houses suffered wind damage from the associated strong winds driving the fires. In total up to 400 people were thus affected by the fire which laid waste to water infrastructure, fencing...


2005 Kashmir Earthquake

07 Oct 2005

On the 13th of October 2005 a devastating earthquake struck areas of Pakistani and Indian controlled Kashmir causing large scale devastation and taking tens of thousands of lives. In the days that followed more than 140 aftershocks occurred many over 5 on the Richter scale. The state capital of Kashmir, Muzaffarabad was the worst hit in terms of casualties and destruction. Hospitals, schools, and event he much needed rescue services including police and armed forces were paralysed. Virtually...


Al-Imdaad responds to the 2003 Algerian earthquake.

29 May 2003

A powerful earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale struck Algeria on Wednesday the 21st of May 2003. This devastating earthquake claimed the lives of 2200 people, injured over 10 000 and left more than 20 000 families homeless, forcing them to live in tents and other makeshift shelters. The quake, the worst to hit Algeria in over two decades, completely flattened the town of Zemmouri which lay at the epicentre. Many hospitals and health centres in the affected areas had been destroyed leaving...


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