Past emergencies

Oxfam Australia has decades of experience responding to emergencies around the world.You can help us respond to emergencies when they happen, by becoming an Emergency 365 regular donor.

Here’s a snapshot of some of our emergency work:

Cyclone Pam

Cyclone Pam, one of the worst cyclones ever seen in the Pacific region hit Vanuatu on 13 March 2015 causing widespread devastation. Oxfam teams responded immediately with life saving essentials such as clean water, shelter and hygiene kits. Oxfam teams are still working with the affected communities providing emergency relief and helping families to rebuild after losing everything. Please make a donation today to help the people of Vanuatu.

Find out more about our response.

Photo: Vlad Sohkin/OxfamAUS

Photo: Vlad Sohkin/OxfamAUS

Typhoon Haiyan

More than 6,300 people lost their lives and almost 4.1 million people were forced from their homes after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the coastal communities of The Philippines. Oxfam has reached more than 740,000 people with emergency relief.

Find out more about our response.


Earthquake in Haiti

A 7.0 earthquake hit the nation of Haiti on 12 January 2010. Oxfam is focussed on providing Haitians with the tools and assistance needed to rebuild their country. We also responded to the cholera outbreak that began in October 2010.

Find out more about our response in Haiti. 


East Africa food crisis

Last year, the Horn of Africa was devastated by its most serious drought in over 60 years. Affecting Northern Kenya, Somalia and southern Ethiopia, millions of people faced starvation in a food crisis that was worsened by conflict and rising food prices. Although the worst is over, the situation in these countries is still extremely serious. Oxfam continues to work with vulnerable communities, providing them with humanitarian aid and long-term development solutions.

Find out more about our response.


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.

Find out more about our response.

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Photo: David Shields/OxfamPNG