Disaster rocks our region

News article written on the 02 Oct 2009

Natural disasters have wreaked havoc across our region this week. Typhoon Ketsana tore through the Philippines last weekend and has since devastated Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos with floods that have forced thousands to flee. On Wednesday morning a tsunami struck Samoa after an earthquake struck just off the coast, and that night a deadly 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Sumatra, Indonesia.

The disaster death toll continues to rise and thousands have been forcibly displaced from their homes.

Oxfam has responded rapidly by sending in emergency teams to affected areas. We’re providing hygiene kits, clothing, food, water, and tarpaulins for shelter to those affected by the disasters.