Tagged: tsunami

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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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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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Oxfam is expecting to send emergency staff to Apia , Western Samoa , within 24 hours to assess the situation on the ground, and identify the most urgent needs for people displaced following the 8.3 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit Samoa.

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L.D. Indranai is a member of a self-help group supported by the Giruwapathu Development Society (GIDES), an Oxfam partner that provided seeds, irrigation equipment, fencing material and technical support. Credit: Atul Loke/Panos for Oxfam

Oxfam International is preparing to close its response to Indian Ocean tsunami at the end of this month, four years after the disaster. Oxfam and its local partner organizations assisted 2.5 million people in seven tsunami-affected countries in the largest emergency program in its history.

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A farmer in the village of Palavakkam, in Tamil Nadu, at a meeting with researchers from the Advanced Center for Enabling Disaster Risk Reduction, an Oxfam partner. Credit: Atul Loke/Panos for Oxfam

The progress of a village in India that participated in a study on rainfall illustrates the value of research in helping farming communities adapt to climate change – and the importance of linking such projects to programs that address poverty.

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The women of Gonnoruwa sit in front of the dam, built with Oxfam assistance, which has transformed their harvests and their lives. Credit: Atul Loke/Panos for Oxfam

In the aftermath of the tsunami, Oxfam helped an impoverished farming community in Sri Lanka find a solution to its most devastating chronic emergency: drought.

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Yumirna Zega prepares food in her thriving restaurant, which was equipped thanks to a loan from Oxfam. She is one of thousands of people assisted by Oxfam on Nias since the earthquake there in March 2005 Credit: Dian Kartikasari/Oxfam

As the business grows, I am able to return the plastic cups and plates I borrowed from my relatives and buy my own kitchen tools.

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