International aid agency Oxfam is appealing for support from the Australian public after a devastating 24 hours across the Asia-Pacific region.
Oxfam is sending additional emergency staff and supplies to respond both to last night's deadly earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia and yesterday's tsunami in Samoa.
Oxfam Australia Acting Executive Director Chris Roche said the disasters of the past 24 hours come on top of a week which has also seen Oxfam and its partners responding to widespread flooding in the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
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International aid agency Oxfam is ready to respond to the tsunami in Samoa - the latest disaster to hit the Asia-Pacific region this week.
Oxfam Australia Acting Executive Director Chris Roche said the agency has supplies and staff on standby that can be quickly deployed to Samoa.
"Information is still sketchy, but Oxfam is currently working with our local partners and authorities to assess just what's needed in Samoa and how best we can respond. We know that in a disaster like this, responding quickly is critical.
Oxfam emergency response teams fan out across Sumatra, Samoa, Vietnam and the Philippines after a devastating week of earthquakes and floods leaves thousands in desperate need of clean water and shelter.
Oxfam-funded organizations in West Sumatra are on aid missions in the earthquake-hit area, ready to distribute 2,400 sheets of tarpaulins for emergency shelter, hygiene kits and clothing.
The agency has immediately released $320,000 to cover the costs of the initial part of the aid effort.