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Mrs Mursidah by her destroyed house. She's been seeking shelter underneath the wreckage. Credit: Laura Eldon/Oxfam

A devastating 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra on 30 September, killing at least 1,000 people and affecting thousands more.

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On Wednesday 30 September a huge 8.3 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that hit the Southern coasts of Samoa and American Samoa causing widespread destruction. Oxfam is working alongside our Samoan partners to assist with the urgent needs of people affected by the disaster.

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A man pauses in Tsunami destroyed Maninoa Siumu on the southern coast of Western Samoa 30.09.09. Credit: REUTERS/Tim Wimborne/ Courtesy of Alertnet.org

After rushing in a relief team to help deliver the most basic emergency supplies – drinking water, shoes, clothes, Fala Lilii (mats), sleeping bags and boxes of tinned fish – we are ramping up our response in Samoa.

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Sumatra tsunami relief effort: Oxfam tarps have been distributed by local partners, on the road from Padang heading north to Pariaman, Indonesia. Credit: Kate Thwaites/Oxfam

International aid agency Oxfam today began tankering clean water into Padang, as part of the relief effort for the many people affected by last Wednesday’s 7.6 magnitude earthquake. Providing clean water is an immediate priority.

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Children look out from a window of a partially submerged house in floodwaters brought on by Typhoon Ketsana, known locally as Ondoy, in San Pedro Laguna, south of Manila September 30, 2009. REUTERS/Erik de Castro/ Courtesy of Alertnet.org

Typhoon Parma struck the Philippines on Saturday. The storm is the country's second in eight days. The capital, Manila, escaped the worst of the storm, but the north has been harder hit. Manila has been experiencing heavy rainfall since Friday evening.

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Visi Talafunga walks around her house in the village of Leone on the west side of American Samoa after an earthquake caused a tsunami on the island September 30, 2009. Photo: REUTERS/Hugh Gentry courtesy alertnet.org

International agency Oxfam’s emergency team is at work in Samoa today responding to urgent needs. The immediate focus is to ensure survivors in remote rural areas have clean water and basic sanitation.

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International agency Oxfam is sending an emergency response team to Samoa today to help meet the urgent needs of people affected by the yesterday’s tsunami.

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Internally displaced men and children, fleeing military operations in the Swat valley region, line up for curry and bread at the UNHCR Yar Hussain camp in Swabi district, Pakistan, June 2, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/ Adrees Latif/ Courtesy of Alertnet.org

Millions of people forced to flee the fighting in Pakistan’s Swat Valley struggled to receive vital aid because the international community provided too little help, too late, according to a report released today by international aid agency Oxfam.

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Oxfam-funded local organizations in West Sumatra are on aid missions in the earthquake-hit area ready to distribute 2,400 sheets of tarpaulins for
emergency shelter, hygiene kits and clothing said the international agency today.

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A woman sits with a child near a house damaged from a landslide brought on by the continuous rains of Typhoon Ketsana, locally known as Ondoy, in Arayat town, Pampanga province, north of Manila, September 28, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/ Alertnet

Manila, Philippines — International aid agency Oxfam today urged the Philippine government to look at environmental sanitation and safe water as the two key needs of women, men and children affected by Typhoon Ketsana.

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