Tagged: Samoa

Press Release

In the aftermath of the massive earthquake off the coast of Japan, Oxfam continues to closely monitor the situation and is beginning to respond where appropriate.

Press Release

On this one year commemoration of people who lost their lives in the devastating tsunami that struck Samoa and Tonga in September 2009, our thoughts are with families, friends and communities. We also extend our sympathies to the many survivors who experienced suffering and trauma.

Press Release
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.

Emergency Article

On Wednesday 30 September a huge 8.3 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that hit the Southern coasts of Samoa and American Samoa causing widespread destruction. Oxfam is working alongside our Samoan partners to assist with the urgent needs of people affected by the disaster.

Emergency
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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A man pauses in Tsunami destroyed Maninoa Siumu on the southern coast of Western Samoa 30.09.09. Credit: REUTERS/Tim Wimborne/ Courtesy of Alertnet.org

After rushing in a relief team to help deliver the most basic emergency supplies – drinking water, shoes, clothes, Fala Lilii (mats), sleeping bags and boxes of tinned fish – we are ramping up our response in Samoa.

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Visi Talafunga walks around her house in the village of Leone on the west side of American Samoa after an earthquake caused a tsunami on the island September 30, 2009. Photo: REUTERS/Hugh Gentry courtesy alertnet.org

International agency Oxfam’s emergency team is at work in Samoa today responding to urgent needs. The immediate focus is to ensure survivors in remote rural areas have clean water and basic sanitation.

Press Release

International agency Oxfam is sending an emergency response team to Samoa today to help meet the urgent needs of people affected by the yesterday’s tsunami.

Press Release

Oxfam is expecting to send emergency staff to Apia , Western Samoa , within 24 hours to assess the situation on the ground, and identify the most urgent needs for people displaced following the 8.3 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit Samoa.

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Faiumu Faimafili’s family (pictured) are now all working on their organic farm and producing coconut oil for export to The Body Shop. Credit: Jane Ussher/Oxfam New Zealand

Oxfam New Zealand’s partnership with Women in Business Development Incorporated (WIBDI) began in 2001 with an income generation and microfinance project, aimed at improving livelihoods in local communities.

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