The Oxfam Emergencies Bulletin aims
to give an overview of Oxfam GB's current emergency work world-wide, for
use in communications work. Note: in the context of this report, 'Oxfam'
refers to Oxfam GB, unless specified otherwise.
The drought in the semi-arid north east
of Brazil continues. The forecast rains have not arrived in many places;
in others they are localised, brief, and sporadic. The alleged rainy season
is almost over for another year, making prospects for the next 8 or 9 months
bleak. Many rural communities are not prepared and are unable to store