Tagged: Philippines

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Residents cling on to debris to stay afloat during flooding caused by Typhoon Ondoy in Cainta Rizal, east of Manila September 27, 2009. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

International aid agency Oxfam is sending in teams to the flooded areas in the Philippines and gearing up its aid response. It has suspended its on-going long-term development programme work in the Philippines in order to mobilise its resources for the humanitarian operation.

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A resident living in a coastal area salvages her belongings as Typhoon Fengshen pelts metro Manila with torrential rain and high winds June 22, 2008. Credit: REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo

The worst flooding the Philippines has seen in decades highlights the urgent need for US leadership to push UN climate change negotiations in Bangkok forward to help ensure the best chance of securing a global climate treaty in Copenhagen.

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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.

Woman working in the rice fields. Credit: Jerry Carreon/Oxfam

The Didipio area is a fertile agricultural region, with farmers growing food for consumption or cash crops such as citrus trees, both of which rely on clean water from the nearby river. A small farming community is battling to stop a huge gold and copper mine.

Kawsar Abdillah attends to her five month-old baby

Due to Oxfam’s support for safe water and sanitation practices, the community has access to clean, drinking water coming from the tubewell but for the villagers, “knowledge” is the most important support that they received from Oxfam.

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