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Huge challenges lie ahead for typhoon-affected communities in the Philippines

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 Posted in Philippines | No Comments »

Travelling to New Bataan, in Compostela Valley, on the Philippines island of Mindanao, is a depressing experience. It’s one of the areas most devastated by Typhoon Bopha. The drive takes us through dramatic scenery. Destroyed houses, downed power lines, and kilometres ...

Govt preparedness made crucial difference in flood response: Oxfam

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 Posted in Philippines | No Comments »

Manila, Philippines (10 August 2012) – Months before the monsoon rains caused widespread flooding in Metro Manila and nearby provinces in the Philippines this week, a few municipalities had already began to prepare for the worst-case scenario, and this has ...

Livelihoods and recovery—the missing piece in Merapi

Friday, November 12th, 2010 Posted in Dow Punpiputt | No Comments »

7 November 2010 Palm trees standing tall with their leaves drooping down like closed umbrellas. Plantations, trees and bushes squashed to the ground with the weight of acid rain combined with ash, rocks and dirt. Roads interrupted ...

Oxfam relief reaches hardest-hit districts in flood-ravaged Ha Tinh

Thursday, October 28th, 2010 Posted in Vietnam/Việt Nam | No Comments »

Ha Noi, 29 October 2010 -- International aid agency Oxfam today starts its initial assistance in two worst-affected districts in Ha Tinh province, central Vietnam where torrential rain has brought two consecutive severe floods to one of the poorest and ...

Four weeks on living with flood in Rizal, Philippines, spirit still high

Monday, November 2nd, 2009 Posted in Laura Eldon, Philippines | No Comments »

22 October 2009 When Typhoon Ketsana hit the northern Philippines on 26 September it unleashed more rain in six hours than would normally fall in an entire month. In the same week that communities in Sumatra were left reeling from the ...

World Food Day: Typhoon Ketsana destroys Cambodia’s rice harvest

Monday, October 19th, 2009 Posted in Dow Punpiputt | No Comments »

This entry was posted on Oxfam's News Blog on October 16th, 2009 at 11:22 am Typhoon Ketsana made this year’s annual flood in Cambodia so much more intense that hectares of rice have been destroyed. Oxfam’s Dow Punpiputt reports. This is my first ...

Hitting the ground running

Saturday, October 17th, 2009 Posted in Laura Eldon | No Comments »

One of the things that has really struck me since I’ve been out in Padang is the importance of Oxfam’s work with local Indonesian organisations. When the earthquake struck here on 30 September, we were able to start distributions of ...

“I don’t think I’ll ever forget that day”

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 Posted in Laura Eldon | No Comments »

As we travel north of Padang city, and closer to the epicentre of the earthquake, the destruction becomes more and more visible. Several of the roads we take have large cracks down the middle, requiring some careful navigation by our ...