Disaster

The Twajiji school WASH club in Bidibidi, Northern Uganda.

Oxfam is helping build a movement to shift power, knowledge, and resources from international actors to local humanitarian leaders around the world to create a more fair, effective, and sustainable system, and one that strengthens disaster-vulnerable countries and communities over time. 

Mamata sitting with her son in Sindhupalchok province, Nepal.

On April 25, 2015, a massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal that left nearly 9,000 people dead and destroyed or damaged more than 850,000 homes. Three years on, Oxfam continues to work in the affected communities, to rebuild lives and help people recover their livelihoods.

The school Réalité Valere is a good example of the destruction left by Hurricane Matthew in Grand Anse and South Departments in Haiti. Around the school, 18 people were killed. Photo credit: Fran Afonso/Oxfam Intermón

Case after case illustrates the tragic reality of Hurricane Matthew. Sadly, there will be many more deaths in the short and medium term than those caused by the wind and rain. Not just because of crop losses, but also because there will very probably be another outbreak of cholera, a disease...

An elderly woman is being assisted by a volunteer to pass through the cordoned off site in Patan Durbar Square, UNESCO World Geritage Site.

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake on 25th April left the country reeling, killing over 8,000 people, injuring more than 18,000 and leaving 2.8 million people without homes.

Oxfam Team works to erect an 11,000-litre water tank at the Tundikhel camp for displaced people in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

Despite many challenges, Oxfam is doing everything we can to reach people in need as quickly as possible. With your support, we aim to reach at least 350,000 people affected by the earthquake.

Today, at midday local time, an estimated 7.9 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, near the capital, Katmandu.

Kathmandu was ever a disaster-in-waiting. The densely populated capital of one of the world’s poorest countries clings to the slopes of the seismically unstable Himalayas. The city was near-levelled and 8,500 killed in its last great earthquake 81 years before. It had history. On Saturday the...

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