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Mexico Earthquake and Hurricane Maria – Oxfam responding

MEXICO CITY:  Oxfam is assessing damage from the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit Mexico on Tuesday, killing more than 200 people, most of them in and near Mexico City. Large areas are now without electricity. Federal government agencies in Mexico are responding with rescue teams and medical aid in the affected areas, and are continuing […]

Ferocious Hurricane Irma tears through Caribbean, Oxfam responding

As the scale of devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean becomes apparent today, Oxfam staff in Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic are preparing to do assessments and respond to people’s needs. Oxfam’s Tania Escamilla, in Cap Haitien – Haiti’s second biggest city, population 280,000 – with Oxfam’s team, said the organisation worked […]

41 million people affected by South Asia floods: Oxfam responds

The UN is reporting that at least 900 people have been killed by ongoing monsoonal flooding and landslides in India, Bangladesh and Nepal and its estimated 41 million people have been affected across a huge area. While some level of flooding occurs annually in the monsoon season, Oxfam staff in Bangladesh reported that two-thirds of […]

“The road smelled of dead bodies” – Oxfam

Traumatised women and children fleeing fighting between the Iraqi Army and ISIS in Tal Afar district have told Oxfam of how people died after walking for days through the desert in 50C heat to reach safety. One mother said that the road they took to escape smelled of dead bodies, while another said that she […]

Oxfam reaction to the launch of offensive to retake Tal Afar in Iraq from ISIS

Responding to the overnight announcement by the Government of Iraq that it has launched a major push to retake the city of Tal Afar from ISIS, Oxfam’s Deputy Country Director in Iraq Haissam Minkara said: “Traumatised families who have risked their lives to escape the fighting in Tal Afar face soaring summer temperatures and harsh […]

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