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Julia Pedro, a hygiene promotion volunteer for Oxfam. Photo: Micas Mondlane/Oxfam

Blog: Oxfam community activists help prevent cholera after Cyclone Idai in Mozambique

In the aftermath of the Idai Cyclone In Mozambique, Oxfam and the Ministry of Health have trained more than 60 community ‘activistas’ in Mozambique to promote public health advice to help stop the spread of cholera.

Survivors of Cyclone Idai face shortages of clean water and food and are at risk of waterborne diseases due to contaminated flood water. Photo: Sergio Zimba/Oxfam

Blog: "I signed up to save lives" - Personal report from Oxfam's Cyclone Idai response

Stewart Muchapera, Oxfam Media and Communications Lead, gives a personal report from Beira in Mozambique, on our relief efforts after Cyclone Idai devastates southern Africa.

Rose Usi, Balaka district, Malawi. Credit: Oxfam

Blog: The daily struggle to survive hunger is Malawi's 'new normal'

As Malawi experiences the worst drought

Oxfam is providing clean water for the IDP (internally displaced people) centers, in three drought-hit regions of Ethiopia. Photo: Abiy Getahun/Oxfam

Blog: El Niño and Climate change: All you need to know

A super El Niño weather system is causing extreme weather in many parts of the world, including drought and flooding. The poorest and most vulnerable people are being hit hardest, leaving millions facing water shortages, hunger and disease.

Severe drought in Mauritania, 2012. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Blog: Climate change and hunger: El Niño could push us into unchartered waters

Millions of poor people face hunger and poverty this year and next because of droughts and erratic rains as global temperatures reach record levels and because of the onset of a powerful El Nino, the climatic phenomenon that develops in the tropical Pacific which can bring extreme weather to several regions.

Shops have closed as the streets of Beletweyne have flooded. Photo: HARDO

Blog: Flooding in Beletweyne, Somalia claims lives

Flooding from the overflowing Shabelle River left more than 10 people dead in the town of Beletweyne at the end of September. Other reports put the death toll as high as 55, with many still missing. More than 8,000 families have been displaced by the flooding, which took place in Somalia’s central region of Hiraan.

People living in tents next to a flooded area in Pakistan.

Blog: Women and children brave death and disease: Pakistan floods 2011

My field visit from Hyderabad to Mirpur Khas was like déjà vu. As we traveled to selected Union Councils (UCs) of Mirpur Khas (Digri, Jodo, Nau Kot and Fazil Phambiriya) I saw acres and acres of land on which cotton and sugar cane should have been growing, now inundated. Hundreds of people recently displaced because of the monsoon rains and consequential flooding running after trucks and vehicles for help; mostly women, children and elderly taking shelter under makeshift tents on the road side.

A man with his livestock on a donkey cart in Shahdadpur. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Pakistan: This disaster should not have been unexpected

It’s often the unexpected things that cause the most impact. My five day visit to Sindh province in southern Pakistan in the first week of September proved to be no exception.

The trip had been planned for weeks; I was going to visit our local partners and projects in the province to see the progress being made in helping flood ravaged communities to recover after the catastrophic 2010 floods. What I hadn’t anticipated was that I would find myself in the midst of another flooding emergency.

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