As natural disasters are increasing globally in both frequency and impact, Oxfam’s work in vulnerable countries like The Philippines has become even more critical. According to the World Bank, every dollar invested in preparing for natural disasters now can save seven dollars in recovery costs in the future.
Vulnerable communities in The Philippines are struggling to cope with increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather. But, thanks to your support, women like Lilia (pictured) can have an amazing impact.
Like eight in every ten families in The Philippines, Josephine’s has been impacted by natural disaster. After a tornado struck one night her family lost their crops and livestock- everything they were depending on to get through the months ahead. But this wasn’t a one-off event. Josephine lived through three natural disasters in the following five years.
Estrella is only one among 4,139 rice farmers who have borne the devastation of three typhoons that have torn across the island of Samar in the past thirteen months. This is the third time they've lost their crops, and have been left with nothing to harvest.
Typhoon Hagupit continues to advance across The Philippines, dumping intense rainfall and causing flooding, storm surges and high winds. Oxfam is working to ensure clean water and sanitation for affected communities and the hundreds of thousands of people seeking refuge in evacuation centres.
Oxfam is prepared for a major disaster response in the Philippines after Cyclone Hagupit was upgraded to a Super Typhoon. The Category 5 storm, which has recorded maximum wind speeds of more than 300km/h, could pose a risk millions of people. Oxfam has staff on standby to respond to the emergency and stocks throughout the Philippines ready for rapid distribution.