Getting aid to the most vulnerable

Source: Oxfam NZ – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: Getting aid to the most vulnerable

Oxfam is responding to Typhoon Haiyan and has 4 teams in the affected areas (Northern Cebu, Leyte and Samar) providing water and hygiene kits. Overall, Oxfam will set up programs that aim to reach 500.000 people affected by the crisis.

Justin Morgan, Oxfam Philippines Country Director said:

“Despite the massive challenges, roads are finally opening up, so we will be able to start getting aid to the worst affected areas on Friday (today). Our priority will be to get to the most vulnerable people affected with safe water and basic essentials like soap and blankets.” 

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There is a significant improvement in access to disaster affected areas as roads, seaports and air strips have opened and some telecommunications have been restored.  Tacloban continues to be the focus of attention and is the place where most lives were lost. Some 39 provinces have been equally devastated and aid is urgently needed in these areas too.

Even though access is now improving health concerns continue to increase, with urgent need for safe drinking water and medical assistance, especially in Leyte and Samar.

With roads opening up, the Oxfam teams are moving into Northern Cebu to get much needed aid to affected areas. They will also be trying to reach areas that remain isolated. 

Water and hygiene kits have arrived at Oxfam’s warehouse in Cebu city and will be distributed to communities in need in Daan Bayatan tomorrow (Friday). These kits include basic essentials like soap, toothbrushes, underwear and blankets. Oxfam will also be providing 1,000 communal temporary latrines, cleaning kits and handwashing stations.

With local partners, Oxfam will also will be providing mobile water treatment units (that can generate 4-6 cubic metres per hour) to at least 5 different sites, complete with generators and fuel to run them. We will also be installing mass water storage (either steel tanks that can accommodate up to 45,000 litres or a bladder which holds 10,000 litres) complete with tap stands. Oxfam staff will treat and/or repair existing hand pumps and water points.

Oxfam is delivering sanitation kits to 10,000 people this week. Water and sanitation equipment is arriving into the country, which will be immediately taken to affected areas.

Oxfam will also be providing 1000 households with assistance, so they can buy essentials like fuel, medicines and transport.

In Southeast Samar coastal towns were devastated by a 10 metre storm surge. The area has not yet been reached by relief efforts so food, water and fuel supplies are running out fast.

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