Oxfam scales up response to earthquake

Published: 22 November 2005

Oxfam's emergency response is now well underway with a planned initial budget of $7 million which will be funded by our appeal. Assessments teams have now reported back from Indian and Pakistan administered Kashmir.

$7 million program planned: Water an increasing concern

Oxfam's emergency response is now well underway with a planned initial budget of $7 million which will be funded by our appeal.


Assessments teams have now reported back from Indian and Pakistan administered Kashmir.

Shaista Aziz, an Oxfam aid worker who has been part of the assessment mission to Pakistan administered Kashmir said, "Shelter remains an urgent priority but getting clean drinking water is an increasing problem in many areas."

In response to these assessments Oxfam has already bought 4,000 tents and material for 8,000 temporary shelters. Oxfam is sourcing a total of 60,000 tents and will be getting them to the affected area as quickly as possible.

"As well as our work on shelter, we also have growing concerns over the water supply. Today we have taken the decision to fly out a team of water experts and engineers from around the world to help assess the water and sanitation situation and to help coordinate the international response in this area. Unless we get clean water to people there is a risk the death toll could mount further" said Nick Roseveare Oxfam's Humanitarian Director.

Oxfam's appeal has already generated tens of thousands of dollars within
hours of opening but more money will be needed to fund this operation.

· Donations are being organized by the Oxfam affiliates. People can donate to the appeal now on the websites www.oxfam.org.au and www.oxfam.org.uk.
· All Oxfam shops will be taking cash donations.
· In the UK, the public can also give by phone on 0870 333 2500.

Oxfam has been working in Pakistan since 1973 and in India since 1951. We have a record of responding to natural disasters in both countries including the July 2005 floods in Pakistan, the December 2004 Tsunami in South India and the January 2001 earthquake in Gujarat.

We work in partnership with local organizations who work day-in-day-out on community development projects and our response to this disaster is grounded in our already strong relations with communities.

Contact Information

For more information, orinterviews in the field, please contact:
In Oxford, UK: Harriet Binet, Gwen Griffiths, or Brendan Cox on + 44 (0) 1865 47 2498 or (Mob) + 44 (0) 7957 120 853, or
In Delhi: Ben Phillips on +91 (0) 11 52396000 or (Mob) +91 (0) 9818615111