Natural Disasters


Top photo: A family dig for their son who got buried in the mud when Cyclone Idai struck in Chimanimani about 600 kilometers south east of Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday, March, 19, 2019. Credit: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP/REX

Blog: Cyclone Idai and floods hit Southern Africa: the reality of climate change

Ever-worsening storms and climate change are leaving people with nothing - and the poorest are hit hardest. How can we equip them to cope with a world where climate change means extreme weather events such as Idai happen more often.

Farmers in Ethiopia. Photo: Kieran Doherty/Oxfam, February 2018

Blog: First, Second and Third Degree Burns of Climate Change: New IPCC Report Confirms Degrees Matter

Climate change has set our planet on fire, millions are already feeling the impacts, and the IPCC just showed that things can get much worse - if we don't act now.

Jerry cans waiting to be filled with clean water at a newly installed water point, Juba, South Sudan. Photo: Kieran Doherty/Oxfam, May 2014

Blog: What Next for the Global Humanitarian System?

For the first time, starting today, world leaders, aid organizations, civil society and others will come together at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul to discuss how to do better for humanity. Oxfam is here, and together with our partners speaking out for people caught up in humanitarian crises – and you can help.

Oxfam delivers hygiene kits, Ambrym Island, Vanuatu. Photo: Amy Christian/Oxfam

Blog: Journey to Ambrym: Oxfam aid delivery in Vanuatu

In the aftermath of Cyclone Pam, Oxfam distributed hygiene kits to the most affected families in the east of Ambrym Island, one of the islands in Vanuatu, and also to carried out an assessment of people’s needs since the cyclone hit.

Hussein Ammar, 27, from Qusayr, Syria, is reunited with his mother after two months of separation. Photo: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Blog: Trends in humanitarian policy and practice: What to watch in 2015

One of my favorite parts of my job at Oxfam is reading new research findings and reports in our field to help my humanitarian programming and policy colleagues keep on top of external trends. I recently conducted such a scan to guide Oxfam’s planning for the coming year. Here are eight of the most interesting things that I found.

Personal de Oxfam hablando con un superviviente del tifón de Filipinas

Blog: ”Derechos en situaciones de crisis” en 2013: balance de la campaña

En tiempos de crisis, siempre son las personas más pobres las que tienen que luchar más duro para afrontarlo y sobrevivir. Ahí es donde entra Oxfam. Otra vez hemos estado ayudando a gente atrapada en las crisis más grandes del mundo este año. 

Oxfam staff talking to a Philippines typhoon survivor. Photo: Jane Beesley/Oxfam

Blog: Human rights in crisis in 2013: Oxfam is there

In times of crisis, it’s always the poorest people who have to struggle hardest to cope and survive. That’s where Oxfam comes in. We have again been helping people caught up in the world’s biggest crises of 2013.

We witnessed a continuing barrage of natural disasters, such as floods, hurricanes and cyclones. And conflicts around the world have again torn apart the lives of millions of people, trapping them in vicious cycles of violence and poverty.

Learning lessons in the Philippines

Blog: Learning lessons in the Philippines

It is only three years since the world was shocked by Haiti’s earthquake and Pakistan’s terrible floods in the same year. That was 2010, and both governments and private donors responded with massive generosity. International humanitarian aid shot up to US$20.2 billion to attempt, at least, to cope with the ‘year of two megadisasters.’

Personas desplazadas reubicados en un gimnasio, Cagayan de Oro, Filipinas, Navidades 2011. Foto: Glenn Maboloc/Oxfam

Blog: Filipinas: la importancia de la salud después de la tormenta Sendong

Cagayan de Oro, Filipinas – Muchas de las familias que perdieron sus hogares a causa de la tormenta tropical Sendong (conocida internacionalmente como Washi) viven hacinadas en centros de acogida donde, a menudo, el espacio personal se limita al tamaño de la esterilla de dormir.

Displaced people temporarily relocated in a gymnasium, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, Christmas 2011. Photo: Glenn Maboloc/Oxfam

Blog: Philippines: Why health matters in ‘Sendong’ shelters

Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines – Many of the families who lost their homes to storm Sendong (international name: Washi) have since stayed in cramped evacuation centers, their personal space often defined by the size of the sleeping mat they own.

Overcrowded and without running water, evacuation centers can become a perfect storm of health problems in no time.

Vicky Aguiman, a 65 year-old resident of Purok Tambo, Macasandig, one of the worst hit areas in the city, now calls a public gymnasium home.


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