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Local people are working around the clock to rescue families cut off by rising flood waters. Using wooden fishing boats, a navy of local fishermen known as "Malah" and volunteers are working with local groups, Oxfam, and the Pakistani authorities to evacuate more than 50,000 people.

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The worst floods in decades in Northern Pakistan are affecting nearly 14 million people. Huge areas have been swamped by contaminated water – clean water and sanitation is critical now to prevent the spread of diseases.

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Oxfam emergency boats help the rescue efforts

Less than a week into the crisis, Oxfam is delivering clean water to almost 100,000 people made homeless by catastrophic flooding in Pakistan.

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People in the Swat Valley in Northern Pakistan hit by the catastrophic floods were only just recovering from the conflict that forced them from their homes last year, said Neva Khan, Oxfam’s Country Director in Pakistan.

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Oxfam launches a rapid relief effort to reach almost 400,000 people with clean water, sanitation kits and hygiene supplies. We're trucking water and installing tanks to help prevent the spread of water-borne diseases amongst the estimated 1 million people affected.

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Oxfam today called upon the Israeli government to compensate Palestinian villagers after the Israeli army demolished 79 structures in the village of Al Farisiya in the West Bank on Monday, forcing families into further impoverishment after years of harassment.

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The Control Arms alliance expressed some satisfaction at progress made at the preliminary Arms Trade Treaty negotiations but urged governments to maximize time before the next meeting in 2011 to develop a draft Treaty further.

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While previous high-profile conferences promised much but achieved little, World leaders attending the Kabul Conference must tackle the underlying causes of the development and humanitarian crises unfolding in Afghanistan - and help ordinary people lift themselves out of poverty.

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As Member States have started negotiations this week at the UN Headquarters in New York, Chair Ambassador Roberto Garcia Moritan of Argentina, announced late on Wednesday (July 14) that civil society groups would no longer be allowed to be present during crucial discussions.

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