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“More life saving aid needed urgently as a third big quake hits Lombok” – Oxfam

A third earthquake of magnitude-6 that struck Lombok late yesterday has severely escalated the need for life-saving aid and has slowed down rescue efforts. Monday’s magnitude-6.9 quake, the largest so far, reportedly killed more than 350 people and destroyed the homes of more than 150,000 people. Many people caught in the rubble of collapsed buildings […]

Oxfam provides drinking water and shelter to thousands after Lombok earthquake

Oxfam is providing clean drinking water and tarpaulin shelter sheets to 5,000 survivors after a devastating 6.9 magnitude earthquake, the second within a week, hit Lombok Island in Indonesia on Sunday night. The Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency now puts the death toll at 98, with over 200 people injured. More than 600,000 people are […]

Thousands of Syrians out of reach of aid – Oxfam

Thousands of Syrians forced from their homes due to the recent fighting in Dar’a Province in southern Syria are unable to get the help they desperately need, international aid agency Oxfam said today. Amid scorching summer temperatures, families need shelter, water, food and medical care but access for humanitarian agencies is limited and not enough […]

Yemen: Hodeidah cannot be allowed to become a graveyard – Oxfam

Conditions for more than half a million people in Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah are steadily deteriorating, with food in short supply and seriously damaged water and sewage systems increasing the risk of cholera, Oxfam said today. More than 80,000 people have fled their homes, despite a recent reduction in the intensity of the fighting. […]

Rohingya refugees unprepared as monsoon rains, flooding and landslides continue – Oxfam

The monsoon rains falling on the Rohingya refugee camps near Cox’s Bazar, southern Bangladesh, have caused over 130 landslides, damaged 3,300 shelters and affected 28,000 refugees, Oxfam said today. A survey of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh carried out by Oxfam before the start of the monsoon season found that more than half were almost completely […]

Oxfam provides desperately needed food in DR Congo’s Ebola outbreak

Oxfam has started to provide desperately needed food to thousands of people caught up in the Ebola outbreak in Equateur province. Oxfam is distributing rice, beans and flour, to about 4,525 people. It has already started in Mbandaka – the provincial capital – and plans to extend to rural communities. This is in addition providing […]

Worst fears confirmed for Yemen as violence grips Hodeida: Oxfam

The UN and NGOs received warnings over the weekend for staff to evacuate the vital port of Hodeida by today, Tuesday 12 June, affirming the humanitarian community’s worst fears for Yemen. The UN peace envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has previously said that this attack would “take peace off the table in a single stroke,” […]

Ongoing volcanic activity in Guatemala sees 12,000 people evacuated, Oxfam providing aid

More than 12,000 people have evacuated from their homes as Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano continues to spew out fresh torrents of lava and rocks, thick ash and blazing hot gas clouds. The official death toll stands at 99, but at least 197 people remain unaccounted for. Ana María Méndez, Oxfam in Guatemala’s Country Director, said: “Volcán […]

Yemen fighting near Hudaydah port threatens to cut lifeline to millions

Escalation of fighting around Yemen’s port city of Hudaydah threatens to cut off essential supplies to millions of people who are already one step away from famine, international agency Oxfam warned today. Oxfam’s Country Director in Yemen, Muhsin Siddiquey said the fighting had already forced hundreds of families to flee their homes. “Yemen is already […]

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