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In 2011, Oxfam continued to deliver emergency water, sanitation, and public health work in Haiti, working with communities and local organizations to find more permanent solutions to meet long-term needs for these services. We also helped small businesses to flourish in the city and the countryside.

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A Hindu community in a makeshift camp along the road in Sindh. Photo: Sam Phelps

Three months after widespread flooding that has affected over 5 million people in southern Pakistan, a critical shortage of funding and broad international disinterest has left millions of people at risk of illness, malnutrition and cold as the winter closes in.

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Building a latrine in a camp in Sindh, Pakistan: timelapse video. Together with our partners in the Shikapur district, we've installed 244 emergency latrines, at a cost of just 2,000 rupees each ($22.80). In the past year, Oxfam has helped 2.4 million people affected by the Pakistan floods.

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As rains continue to lash the flood ravaged Sindh province in Pakistan, Oxfam warns of a severe risk of a public health crisis if clean water and sanitation is not urgently provided.

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International agency Oxfam is airlifting 47 tonnes of vital water supply and hygiene materials to Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, as the aid community scales up its effort to bring relief to the drought-stricken country.

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Chief Kandala is a traditional leader in Mabumbu chiefdom, an area where people saw open defecation as an acceptable practice. After being trained in Community Led Total Sanitation, he is eager to use his new skills and his influence to improve the chiefdom's sanitation.

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While plastic sheeting latrine structures work well in emergency camps, the people of village Mubarak Hingorjo suggest that plastic sheets do not provide the required privacy at day time. We have worked with the local WASH committee to build latrines that are more suitable to the needs.

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After the devastating floods in Pakistan in 2010, latrines in camps are a basic but essential facility.

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The number of people affected by the flood emergency in Colombia has risen by 50,000 people in the last two weeks, bringing the total number affect to more than 2,100,000 said international agency Oxfam today.

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Oxfam assessments show that in Córdoba, Sucre, Boliviar and Chocó, 70% of the flood-affected population do not have access to safe water, adequate sanitation and washing facilities and have lost personal belongings and household items.

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