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While plastic sheeting latrine structures work well in emergency camps, the people of village Mubarak Hingorjo suggest that plastic sheets do not provide the required privacy at day time. We have worked with the local WASH committee to build latrines that are more suitable to the needs.

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In response to floods in Colombia, Oxfam has focused on provision of clean water and sanitation, and hygiene promotion.

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In the six months since the devastating floods hit Pakistan, with the help of generous public donations, Oxfam has helped almost 1.9 million people.

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Roads still blocked, Sri Lanka floods, 10 January 2011. Photo: Oxfam

International agency Oxfam today urged donors to contribute generously to the aid efforts in Sri Lanka. The UN Flash Appeal, to be officially launched later today, will support the Government’s response to the massive floods that have affected the eastern and central parts of the country.

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Oxfam is providing clean water for flood affected communities in Sri Lanka.

Relentless monsoon rains in early January 2011 have caused floods, mudslides and displacement across the eastern and central regions of Sri Lanka, affecting more than one million people. Oxfam and our partners are delivering food, clean water, blankets, hygiene kits, and tarps.

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Kinniya, Trinco District, Sri Lanka. Photo: Michael Mathi/Oxfam

As the scale of the flood increases in the country, Oxfam continues to expand its rapid response in Eastern Sri Lanka, currently providing hygiene kits, tarpaulins, cooked food and bottled water to approximately 17,000 people in Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Ampara districts in the East.

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Oxfam is working in earthquake-affected areas of Haiti to provide clean water and sanitation as a means to prevent serious outbreaks of disease.

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The number of people affected by the flood emergency in Colombia has risen by 50,000 people in the last two weeks, bringing the total number affect to more than 2,100,000 said international agency Oxfam today.

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Oxfam is today scaling up its aid effort to reach 200,000 people affected by the severe floods that have hit Colombia in recent weeks. The floods have affected more than two million people in 28 out of 32 districts in the country.

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Faroza is a member of the hygiene committee of the village. Credit: Jane Beesley

Sixty-four households have now returned to the village of Dildarsipar in Jacobabad District, where Oxfam is working with a local organization to distribute hygiene kits and help organize hygiene committees. Faroza, a member of the hygiene committee, sums up their story.

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