A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
The Fijian Government is still trying to contact areas that haven’t been heard from since being struck by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston on the weekend. Oxfam in the Pacific Regional Director Raijeli Nicole said communication blackspots were making it very hard to assess damage and determine the scale of the response required.
Oxfam is closely monitoring Hurricane Patricia’s progress and is ready to dispatch rapid assessment teams to survey the damage left in its path, and respond to the greatest needs.
We are ready to dispatch rapid assessment teams to survey the damage left in the path of Typhoon Koppu, and assess and respond to the greatest needs if the Philippines Government requests international assistance.
On Friday 13th March 2015, a devastating, Cyclone hit Vanuatu. We responded straight away, distributing emergency relief items such as clean water, shelter and hygiene kits and our teams have continued to deliver essential aid.
We are helping families affected by the conflict in Yemen to buy basic supplies and get access to clean water and sanitation services.
ECHO and Oxfam have collaborated together on an innovative communications project to highlight the experiences of displaced people and how humanitarian aid save lives. Find out what we achieved.
In Freetown, Sierra Leone, Ebola has forced thousands of families to be isolated into quarantine areas, often located in the poorest areas of the city. Yet quarantines are causing intolerable conditions for people already struggling to cope, and risk spreading the deadly virus even further.
Oxfam is prepared for a major disaster response in the Philippines after Cyclone Hagupit was upgraded to a Super Typhoon – the same classification as Typhoon Haiyan – which wrought destruction on the country a year ago.
In 2010 Pakistan was struck by its worst ever natural disaster, one fifth of the country was inundated by floodwater causing massive damage to infrastructure.
Oxfam is gearing up its aid efforts after one of the worst natural disasters to hit the Philippines in years. The international agency is looking to raise $16 million to reach half a million people affected by Typhoon Haiyan.