by Christiana Smyrilli, Pamela Silva, Lenulisy Rosado, and Martha Thompson
Oxfam has reached isolated communities in the Philippines hit by Typhoon Mangkhut to deliver urgently needed clean water to 500 families.
Maria Rosario Felizco, Oxfam Philippines Country Director, said “Oxfam and partners are providing clean drinking water to three indigenous communities in Rizal. People have walked six hours by foot to reach the town centre, and some crossed rivers chest high to get badly needed supplies the day after the storm hit. Water distribution will be ongoing as more supplies are delivered to other areas in the coming weeks.”
EU plans for ‘controlled centers’ for asylum seekers mean more innocent people – including children – will be forced to live in de-facto detention centers, Oxfam said today. The plans, to be discussed at an informal EU summit in Salzburg this week, will not help the EU to better manage migration, but they will create needless suffering.
Oxfam staff on the ground in Cagayan have reported complete devastation of crops and destruction of significant damage to critical infrastructure like roads and bridges in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut.
In the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut, Oxfam, the Citizens' Disaster Response Center (CDRC), and Cagayan Valley Disaster Response Center have identified that people affected need clean water and shelter most urgently. A truck carrying clean water and jerry cans is being sent to the region tomorrow. Oxfam is also preparing to distribute materials for shelter repair, including tarpaulins and ropes. There are significant logistical challenges to delivering immediate support as rains and landslides have damaged critical infrastructure, making assessment difficult in some areas.
The joint assessment teams of Oxfam and its partner, Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC), witnessed the destructive force of Ompong, known internationally as Super Typhoon Mangkhut.
The teams have been deployed to Cagayan since Wednesday to provide on-site situational updates and conduct rapid needs assessments. The community-led disaster preparedness committees of CDRC in Cagayan have been activated.
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The launch of Uganda's new Education Response Plan for Refugees and Host Communities (ERP) is an opportunity to ensure a better future for hundreds of thousands of children.
INGOs working in Yemen are extremely worried about the new escalation of fighting in Hodeidah and the closure of key routes between Hodeidah city and the north and east of the country. The humanitarian catastrophe that has been unfolding in al-Durayhimi and the south of Hodeidah governorate will likely spread to the rest of the governorate and trigger another wave of internally displaced persons. Nearly 470,000 people have already fled Hodeidah since June, fearing for their lives amidst airstrikes and fighting on the ground.
15.8M People facing food insecurity
4.1M People displaced
16.3M People affected by drought in the region
1M People affected by floods
Oxfam and its local partners are on high alert and ready to respond to Super Typhoon Mangkhut, known locally as Typhoon Ompong, if needed.
The Philippine Government considers the huge typhoon to be “highly threatening” and that a request for international assistance might be considered.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) estimates that 4.3 million people live in the projected path of this destructive storm.
By Jude Powell and Shekhar Anand
Jude Powell and Shekhar Anand share the lessons learnt from Oxfam in the Middle East and North Africa on building the resilience for displaced people in the region.
Since August 2017, over 700,000 Rohingya people have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh seeking safety and lifesaving assistance. While safe from the unimaginable atrocities they suffered in Myanmar, refugees managed to find shelter in improvised and overcrowded refugee camps such as Cox's Bazar, where they received assistance to meet their basic needs such as food and clean water.
Rohingya women bear the brunt
Washington, D.C. — As a group of US-based humanitarian and development NGOs, we are deeply concerned by the Trump administration’s decision to stop funding programs that meet the basic needs of Palestinians at a time of acute suffering brought on by years of conflict and isolation.
Oxfam is warning of catastrophic repercussions for people in Yemen if the Saudi and Emirati led coalition, and aligned forces, continue to push for control of the main route linking the port city of Hudaydah to Sana’a.
Despite sustained calls from Oxfam and other aid agencies for the warring parties in Yemen to end the conflict, credible eyewitness reports suggest a clear escalation in violence in civilian areas close to densely-populated Hudaydah in the last 24 hours. Coalition forces are now less than two miles from the main road linking the port city with the capital.
Oxfam and its partners in the Philippines are preparing to respond to Super Typhoon Mangkhut as it nears the north of the country.
Known locally as Ompong, the super typhoon is predicted to make landfall in the north of the main island of Luzon on Saturday morning with devastating wind speeds of up to 155 mph, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
The state weather bureau also reported that this could be the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year.
The protracted socio-economic crisis in Lebanon that has been exacerbated by the war in Syria continues to be detrimental to the well-being of both Syrian refugees and to the Lebanese communities hosting them. The influx of people from the conflict has affected lives through increased pressure for housing and jobs, as well as engendering social tension and mistrust between communities. Lebanon has seen a 15% increase in poverty rates1 since the crisis began, and 76% of Syrian refugees in Lebanon currently live below the poverty line.
1 BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTION
In May and June 2018, Oxfam undertook research with Rohingya women and adolescent girls living in Cox Bazar refugee camps, focused on the barriers and enablers of using WASH facilities in the camps. The research brought two female architects to work with women and girls to adapt the design of existing facilities, and to design new facilities to meet their needs.
Les nouveaux cas d’Ebola constatés dans des centres urbains au cours des derniers jours montrent bien que la flambée du virus en République démocratique du Congo (RDC) n’est toujours pas maîtrisée et que les semaines à venir seront cruciales pour endiguer le virus.