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A simple blanket brings hope to flood evacuees in the Philippines

Keith Bacongco, Oxfam Philippines Flood-affected men and women in the Philippines had something to smile about thanks to Oxfam when they received malongs, an amazing traditional Muslim blanket that doubles as a wrap-around, water container and water purifier. Displaced by tropical storm Sendong (international name Washi) two weeks ago, they belong to at least 7,000 […]

Philippines floods: Why health matters in Sendong shelters

Rodilyn Bolo, Oxfam Phillipines Many of the families who lost their homes to storm Sendong (international name: Washi) have since stayed in cramped evacuation centers, their personal space often defined by the size of the sleeping mat they own. Vicky Aguiman, a 65 year-old resident of Purok Tambo, Macasandig, one of the worst hit areas […]

Oxfam sends experts to Philippines in wake of typhoon Washi

As the death toll passes 1,000 from the devastating tropical storm that hit the southern Philippines on Sunday, Oxfam has sent in emergency responders to determine the region’s humanitarian needs. A team of ten experts are on the ground in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City to assess the water and sanitation conditions, after […]

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