EMERGENCIES

Oxfam expands relief effort in Nepal

5 May 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Oxfam continues to ramp up its relief effort in Nepal, aiming to reach 430,000 people with emergency water, sanitation and shelter. Oxfam has been delivering aid for more than a week, building pit toilets, providing shelter and clean water and handing out hygiene kits to families in the wake of the Nepal Earthquake. So far, […]

‘Widespread destruction’ in Gorkha as Oxfam trucks in aid by land from India

1 May 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Oxfam is trucking in aid to remote villages in the Gorkha district of Nepal, where agency staff there say at least 80 per cent of houses are destroyed and nearly every person is sleeping outside with virtually no toilets. The trucks are carrying tarpaulins, foam sheets, water containers, chlorine tablets and solar lamps, water filters […]

Earthquake Damage in Gorkha staggering

30 Apr 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Oxfam’s humanitarian team have reached the Nepal earthquake epicentre Gorkha and are working to meet the needs of earthquake survivors desperate for food, water and shelter.

Airport bottleneck and fuel shortages hampering aid efforts in Nepal

29 Apr 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

A bottleneck of people and supplies at Nepal’s Kathmandu airport combined with nationwide fuel shortages, blocked roads and difficult terrain is hampering the efforts of aid agencies and emergency services to reach earthquake survivors, Oxfam warned today. Oxfam Chief Executive Helen Szoke said there were huge challenges in getting help to the tens of thousands […]

Multiple Oxfam teams scaling up in response to Nepal Earthquake

27 Apr 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Oxfam teams are now in Kathmandu responding to Nepal’s most powerful earthquake in decades and are reporting struggling hospitals and morgues, widespread homelessness and a severe lack of clean water.

Oxfam flies in teams for Nepal Earthquake as death toll exceeds 1000

26 Apr 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Oxfam disaster specialists are deploying to Nepal to assist in the aftermath of the earthquake that has devastated the country and killed more than 1000 people. Meanwhile, Oxfam’s team based in Nepal are rapidly assessing humanitarian need following the earthquake that struck an area between the capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara yesterday. The international aid agency […]

Oxfam on standby to respond to Nepal Earthquake

25 Apr 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Oxfam stands ready to respond to a massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake that has caused devastation in Nepal. The quake struck an area between the capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara, according to the US Geological Survey. It struck just after 4pm Australian EST. There have been reports of tremors across the region, as far afield […]

Cyclone Pam 1 month on: clean water still high priority

13 Apr 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

One month after Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, water remains a high priority, with small islands dependent on rainwater most in need, Oxfam said today.

Fundraising Buzz around Oxfam Vanuatu Appeal

27 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Australians continue to find innovative ways to raise donations to help the people of Vanuatu recover from the devastation of Cyclone Pam but one fundraising effort is currently creating a real buzz. Inventors of crowdfunding success story Flow™ Hive, are raffling off the very first of their revolutionary new beehives to come off the production […]

International governments fail on strong disaster risk reduction agreement

19 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Despite an impassioned plea from the President of Vanuatu at the Disaster Risk Reduction world conference in Japan earlier this week, international governments  last night adopted a framework that is not up to the task of dealing with the increasing risk of disasters to the world’s poor. Among the agreement’s shortcomings is the failure to agree concrete […]