Tagged: floods

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The Sensunapan River near Acajutla. Photo: Luis Galdámez/Oxfam

We're working with a consortium of local aid groups to petition the Salvadoran government to fund the construction of a levee system that would protect communities along the banks of the Sensunapan River.

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Farmers try to plant through the ongoing drought. Credit: James Akena/OXFAM.

Shifting seasons are destroying harvests and causing widespread hunger – but this is just one of the ways climate change is taking a toll on the world’s poorest people. Here are some examples of the effects of climate change in developing countries.

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Oxfam helps the Maasai to cope with rising prices. Credit: Caroline Irby/Oxfam

Drought upon drought, rising food and fuel prices have hit Maasai pastoralists in Tanzania hard. An Oxfam grainbank is making all the difference in a community of Ngorongoro, Tanzania.

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Bolivia suffered disastrous floods two years in a row in 2007 and 2008. Over 100 people died in the two years, 350,000 people were affected in 2007, and another 40,000 were made homeless in 2008. Credit: European Pressphoto Agency

In Beni, a district of Bolivia prone to alternate flooding and drought, we're working with communities who are reviving ancient techniques to adapt to the changing climate.

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Oxfam-funded rescue boats are kept in areas most at risk of flooding, and at flood shelters. Besides rescuing people, the boats collect houses, belongings and livestock, taking them to areas of safety. Credit: Jane Beesley/Oxfam

Following the disastrous 2004 floods, which affected 600,000 people, Oxfam has helped people prepare for the yearly floods in Bangladesh, which are exacerbated by climate change.

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Rising food and fuel prices in Tanzania. Photo: Ami Vitale/Oxfam

Oxfam research shows that by 2015 the average number of people affected each year by climate-related disasters could increase by over 50 per cent to 375 million.

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Abraha Tarraken's wife fills a container with water from a pond, in Tigray, Ethiopia. Some 30 million people of 70 million in Ethiopia live in extreme poverty. Credit: Tomás Abella/Oxfam

If nothing is done to reduce the effects of global warming, the impact on our planet’s water resources will be disastrous.

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Villagers working to repair the embankment in village of Tareisahi in district of Bhadrak

The Indian organization Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG) has documented practices around agricultural adaptation in flood prone areas.

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People evacuating by boat after monsoon rains caused the Kosi River, near the India-Nepal border, to breach its banks on August 18. Credit: Oxfam

Oxfam and our local partners are responding to the devastating floods that have uprooted millions of people from their homes in the eastern Indian state of Bihar.

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