Learn about current emergencies

When disaster strikes around the world, we move quickly with our partners, to provide life-saving assistance to those in need. Once the immediate danger has passed, we work to rebuild lives and reduce the risk of future disasters. Here are some of the current emergencies we’re responding to around the globe:

Cyclone Winston

Cyclone Winston was the largest cyclone to hit Fiji. The destruction left 250,000 people in urgent need of clean water. Many families are now dependent on dirty and unprotected water sources. Oxfam is working with local partners to deliver clean water and to stop the threat of disease.

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Mere Liku (centre) with other women of the village of Nasiriti in Fiji are washing the dishes affter a community gathering. Oxfam is supporting them with soap, buckets and other sanitation tools to prevent the spread of diseases.

Photo: Alfredo Prado/OxfamAUS

Ethiopia Drought

A devastating drought in Ethiopia has caused the worst food crisis there in 30 years, putting millions of people at risk of hunger and disease. It’s not too late to address the situation before it gets worse, but this requires urgent support and funding now to prevent a full-blown disaster.

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"We live by water, our cattle live by water. Without water we are no more," — Buho Asowe Eye. Hariso IDP Center, Siti region, Ethiopia. Photo: Abiy Getahun/Oxfam

Photo: Abiy Getahun/Oxfam

El Niño Food Crisis

Millions of poor people around the world face hunger and poverty this year and the next due to droughts, erratic rains and the onset of a powerful El Niño — the climate phenomenon that develops in the tropical Pacific and brings extreme weather to several regions of the world.

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Photo: David Shields/OxfamPNG

Nepal Earthquake

On 25 April 2015, a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal killing more than 8,800 people and leaving tens of thousands of people displaced. Oxfam is in Nepal responding with lifesaving essentials — clean water, sanitation and emergency shelter.

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Photo: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

Africa Crisis

Food shortages and malnutrition have reached alarming levels, especially in children and 9.2 million people are in need of immediate life-saving assistance.

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NYAMAR DAU AWAN (Mary), 25 Lives in Dimtoma 1 (informal camp in Melut) Widowed

Photo: Kieran Doherty/Oxfam

Syria Crisis

This is a crisis of staggering proportions. Over 13.5 million people, half of Syria’s pre-war population, are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

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Photo: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Yemen Crisis

The humanitarian situation in Yemen is catastrophic. More than 4,300 people killed and almost 22,000 people injured. 21 million people — almost 85% of the population — are in need of humanitarian assistance.

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Photo: Hind-Al-Eryani/Oxfam