Tagged: humanitarian relief

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Thach and her family, in front of their temporary shelter made of palm leaves and tree branches. Credit: Soleak Seang/Oxfam

Like most of the 47 families in Toul Char, a village 230 km north of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, Thach and her five children have been forced to leave their house to take refuge on a higher ground since mid July.

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The Phon family work farm their rice paddy in Kompong Thom, central Cambodia. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

A food crisis is looming in flood affected communities in Cambodia, international aid agency Oxfam warns. Oxfam estimates that 100,000 people are affected by the floods and 15,000 households are in need of immediate food assistance.

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Villagers walk around debris and a house that was smashed by a tsunami in Pago Pago Harbor after an earthquake on the island of American Samoa, September 30, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Hugh Gentry, courtesy of alertnet.org

Just over a week after tsunami waves scoured the southern coast of Samoa, killing one per cent of the population and seriously affecting one out of every six people, the relief effort is still urgent. But recovery is not just about immediate relief – it is about longer-term development.

Oxfam's Janna Hamilton administering first aid. Credit: Jane Ussher/Oxfam

From Samoa to the Philippines to Indonesia and Vietnam, Oxfam has been providing clean water, blankets, hygiene kits and other vital provisions to local communities that desperately need them.

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Sre Kor village, Stung Treng province, under water. Credit: Oxfam

International humanitarian agency Oxfam announced today that Cambodia is still in emergency relief mode though flood waters in some areas are beginning to stabilize.

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Additional aid team arrive in Padang, Sumatra to assist Oxfam partners. Vital stocks of emergency aid have been dispatched to the quake zone in Sumatra, Indonesia today (3 October 2009).

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Oxfam relief distribution in Sandan District, Kampong Thom province, Cambodia, together with Caritas and Cambodia Red Cross. Credit: Oxfam

Oxfam predicts more widespread destruction caused by Typhoon Ketsana and a higher demand for immediate humanitarian assistance in Cambodia.

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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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Internally displaced camp in Haradh in Hajjah governorate, Yemen, 30 km south of the frontlines. Oxfam is providing water, sanitation and hygiene services. Credit: Oxfam

International aid agency Oxfam today warned that the conflict-driven emergency in Yemen could soon ignite into a full-blown humanitarian crisis unless immediate action is taken to stop the fighting between government forces and Houthi rebels in the north of the country.

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The living conditions in the camps in Afgooye are very bad. Families are sheltering in tiny huts, pieced together from plastic bags and sticks. Credit : Hassan Noor/Oxfam

A total failure of the international community to deal effectively with the Somalia crisis and help end the war is resulting in a spiral of human suffering and exodus to neighboring countries.

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