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Emergency response

When an emergency hits, Oxfam is there. At any given time our teams are responding to an average of 25 emergencies worldwide.

Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami

On Friday 28 September, a powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. We urgently need support to get clean water, food and emergency shelter to survivors in the worst hit areas.

Up to 1.5 million people could be affected by the disaster, with the current death toll of over 2000 people expected to rise. Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes and the widespread destruction means that access to affected areas is difficult, but we are on the ground delivering life-saving supplies. We've already delivered hygiene kits to nearly 5,000 people. We're building toilets, treating and distributing water, and providing shelters.

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Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami update: Press release (1 October 2018)

Philippines Typhoon Mangkhut

Oxfam and local partners are preparing to deliver clean water and shelter to thousands in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut. 

The storm made landfall this weekend, bringing with it high winds and torrential rains. It is estimated that at least 5 million people who live in the projected path of the storm will have been affected.

Oxfam and its partner organisations are on the ground in the Philippines. You can help.

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Typhoon Mangkhut update: Press release (16 Sept 2018)

Kerala Floods Emergency Response

Deadly floods and landslides have left thousands homeless. The state of Kerala is struggling with the worst flooding in almost one hundred years. Oxfam are on the ground and responding, providing clean water and lifesaving essentials.

Oxfam India's emergency team is in Wayanad and Idukki, two of the worst affected districts in Kerala. The team has conducted an assessment, met the local administration and trained local partners to distribute humanitarian supplies.

The initial planned aid distribution includes 45,000 water purification tablets, 4000 Oxfam buckets for storing water, 2000 tarpaulins for emergency shelters and 2000 ground sheets. Access is a major challenge as only army rescue teams are currently able to access remote places and it is a challenge to find dry space for storage of relief material.

You can help.

Donate to the India Floods Appeal 

Kerala Floods update (Press release: 20 Aug 2018)

Bangladesh Rohingya Crisis

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people have crossed over to Bangladesh, fleeing violence.

They are living in terrible conditions and need life-saving assistance now. Oxfam is responding, providing clean water, sanitation and essential supplies to thousands of people.

Rohingya families are being relocated from flood risk areas to new locations in the camps. Oxfam is setting up the water supply in these new areas.

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Last updated: 13/11/18

Aurélie Marrier d'Unienville

A father carries his son across a broken bamboo bridge on the edge of Balhukali camp, Bangladesh. Three days of heavy rains flooded many of the areas where people had set up temporary shelters, forcing them to move to higher ground.

Yemen crisis

Millions of men, women and children are one step away from famine.

We urgently need your help to feed families and save lives. A staggering 18.8 million people are in desperate need of help. Oxfam is helping so that families can feed themselves over the coming weeks. We're supplying clean, safe water for drinking and washing.

Give now and get food and water to families in crisis:

Donate to Oxfam's work in Yemen 

Oxfam's response to the Yemen Crisis

Credit:Abo Haitham

Iraq crisis

Millions of  people fled their homes as a result of fighting in central and northern Iraq. 

Families that have fled their homes and those that have returned home remain in desperate need of food, shelter, medicine and water.

Oxfam has reached over two million people. This includes water, cash and hygiene items.

You can help:

Donate to Oxfam's response in Iraq   

Last updated 6/7/2018

East Africa Food Crisis

East Africa is in the grip of a devastating food crisis. Millions of families are facing starvation because of droughts in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. Famine has been declared in parts of conflict-stricken South Sudan.

Oxfam is there with life-saving support, but we urgently need your help to do more.

Show your support: donate now 

Oxfam's response to the East Africa Food Crisis

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What we do in an emergency

Video: Whatever the emergency, we're ready

Video: Whatever the emergency, we're ready

Over 70 years, Oxfam has become a world authority on  emergency water and sanitation.

24 hours a day. 365 days a year. We're ready to save lives.

Support Oxfam's emergency fund

To be there every time, we need your help: make a donation and you can help build shelters to protect families in crisis, supply clean water to prevent the spread of deadly diseases and ensure that people who've lost everything have the basics like food, soap and cooking utensils. All vital. All life-saving.

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Emergency situations are unfolding across the world all the time. Whether it's a drought, an earthquake or a political conflict, the real-life effects of disaster can be catastrophic and long lasting for ordinary people.

Emergency response lies at the heart of Oxfam's work. At any given time, our teams are providing disaster relief to multiple emergencies worldwide. Our job is to help people survive and protect them from further suffering in times of uncertainty.

With your support, we can give food, water and shelter to people in disaster zones. We can provide adequate sanitation facilities and access to healthcare to people fleeing conflict. Together, we can save lives and help to get people back on their feet again.

Please donate now to help us to provide emergency humanitarian aid to the people who need it most.