When Tropical Storm Ketsana swept through the Philippines and, gaining in strength, struck Vietnam as a full-scale typhoon, it caused massive flooding, destruction, and displacement. Oxfam quickly dispatched teams to the hard-hit areas to determine the critical needs and jumpstart the flow of aid to the affected areas.
When disaster-affected people have to move into crowded, makeshift camps, conditions can jeopardize public health. Outbreaks of deadly waterborne diseases like cholera can compound the original emergency with a health crisis. Oxfam specializes in providing clean water and sanitation facilities in emergencies, and we are moving quickly to meet these and other needs in the Ketsana-affected areas: along with clean water, we will distribute blankets, water containers, soap, cleaning equipment, clothes, and shelter materials.
Donate now to Oxfam America's Asia Pacific Emergency Relief Fund.