Tagged: water and sanitation

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The end of search and rescue efforts does not mean we can slow down. Relief and recovery for the survivors is the priority now.

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Sumatra tsunami relief effort: Oxfam tarps have been distributed by local partners, on the road from Padang heading north to Pariaman, Indonesia. Credit: Kate Thwaites/Oxfam

International aid agency Oxfam today began tankering clean water into Padang, as part of the relief effort for the many people affected by last Wednesday’s 7.6 magnitude earthquake. Providing clean water is an immediate priority.

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Internally displaced men and children, fleeing military operations in the Swat valley region, line up for curry and bread at the UNHCR Yar Hussain camp in Swabi district, Pakistan, June 2, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/ Adrees Latif/ Courtesy of Alertnet.org

Millions of people forced to flee the fighting in Pakistan’s Swat Valley struggled to receive vital aid because the international community provided too little help, too late, according to a report released today by international aid agency Oxfam.

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A woman sits with a child near a house damaged from a landslide brought on by the continuous rains of Typhoon Ketsana, locally known as Ondoy, in Arayat town, Pampanga province, north of Manila, September 28, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/ Alertnet

Manila, Philippines — International aid agency Oxfam today urged the Philippine government to look at environmental sanitation and safe water as the two key needs of women, men and children affected by Typhoon Ketsana.

Jeidi Garcia Rivera  gets drinking water from a tap next to a school in El Recuerdo, El Salvador. The water comes from a well provided by Oxfam America and its local partner, PROVIDA. Credit: Luis Galdámez/Oxfam America

Capped wells lined with a volcanic-rock filter provide families in Salvadoran communities with clean drinking water.


Oxfam, together with WaterAid UK and local partner Rural Aid, is working to improve access to water and sanitation facilities in Eastern Ghana...

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Internally displaced children, who fled a military offensive in the Swat valley region, stand in line for their ration of food at the UNHCR Yar Hussain camp in Swabi district, June 16, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood, courtesy alertnet.org

Recent conflict in the Swat Valley of the North Western Front Province has forced more than 2 million men, women and children to flee their homes.We're planning to support nearly 360,000 internally displaced people.

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Tamil civilians sit outside their temporary huts in the Menikfam Vanni refugee camp located near the town of Chettekulam in northern Sri Lanka May 1, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer, courtesy alertnet.org

Thousands of lives are at risk in Sri Lanka because aid to refugees is being restricted by a government ban on aid agency vehicles entering the camps, and difficulties in securing access for staff , Oxfam said today.

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Temporary evacuation camps built by people in the Ayeyarwaddy delta from the spare parts of damaged houses left by Nargis. Credit: Oxfam

Hundreds of thousands of people who survived Myanmar's worst-ever cyclone are facing the prospect of being trapped in debt with little prospect of securing further credit or loans and need urgent help from the international community.

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Khin Ohn Yi's family received materials from Oxfam to build a new home. Credit: Jane Beesley/Oxfam

Oxfam's humanitarian response has provided support to around half a million people in Myanmar, after the Cyclone Nargis swept through the Ayeyarwady delta and largest city, Yangon.

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