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Emergencies headlines from around the world

These headlines give the most recent updates from the current work, and areas of concern, of the whole Oxfam confederation. For further information on any of Oxfam's emergency response programmes around the world please contact the Humanitarian HelpDesk in the first instance. Please note, this page represents the latest updates where available and not a list of current activities.

11 April, 2018

Fiji: Tropical Cyclone Keni has been sweeping over Fiji this week. With heavy rain and strong winds, flooding is the major issue in low-lying areas, forcing some evacuations and contaminating water supply systems. The Water Authority of Fiji is advising people to conserve and boil water. Oxfam staff were sent home as a precaution earlier this week to secure their property. We began responding immediately, supporting local organisations to deliver hygiene kits (including purification tablets) to several hundred households on the main island of Viti Levu. Oxfam is helping coordinate further supplies through its seat on the WASH cluster.

Syria: An estimated 150,000 people have now been displaced by the offensive in Eastern Ghouta, with most heading to rural Damascus and into 'collective shelters'. Oxfam's conducted assessments in two of these sites, Adra and Harjellah, and has been providing a water and sanitation response. So far our team's installed water tanks, tap stands, shower units and latrines, connecting the latter to the local sewage network to help prevent the spread of disease. 7000 hygiene kits have also been distributed.

Elsewhere, Turkish military operations against Kurdish militia in Afrin, in the north of the country, has forced 180,000 people from their homes, with many seeking refuge in schools and abandoned buildings. Our work here is again water focussed where we're working to bring wells back into use to supply clean water to the shelters and host community. We've also installed a new pipeline to connect the network and are repairing a pumping station to ensure a functioning network.

Kenya: Of the 10,000 people who fled violence and crossed into northern Kenya from Ethiopia last month, around 6,000 remain in two temporary camps. Diarrhoea cases have been on the rise, and poor drainage is only adding to the problem.

Together with our local partner WASDA, Oxfam's been attending to water, sanitation and hygiene needs; handwashing facilities have been installed, waste disposal pits dug, and soap distributed. We've also worked with local communities, trained volunteers, and used music and theatre to promote good hygiene practice.

Democratic Republic of Congo: To coincide with a donor conference this Friday (12 April), Oxfam's joined with 19 other NGOs to highlight the dire situation in the country. In 2017, only 1.7 million people out of the 4.6 million in need of clean water and sanitation received help, leaving people drinking filthy water, defecating in the open and facing high risks of contracting water-borne diseases. Today 7.7 million people are suffering from acute hunger.

Our Country Director, Jose Barahona said: "The lack of funding forces us to make choices we shouldn't have to make. We have had to limit our work to specific areas and we can only help a fraction of the people who desperately need it. Governments and international donors should learn from the past. Without sufficient aid, many Congolese people will not get the help they desperately need." Read the full release: Funding crisis pushes millions of Congolese people to tipping point