A simple blanket brings hope to flood evacuees in the Philippines

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Keith Bacongco, Oxfam Philippines Flood-affected men and women in the Philippines had something to smile about thanks to Oxfam when they received malongs, an amazing traditional Muslim blanket that doubles as a wrap-around, water container and water purifier. Displaced by tropical storm Sendong (international name Washi) two weeks ago, they belong to at least 7,000 […]

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Philippines floods: Why health matters in Sendong shelters

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Rodilyn Bolo, Oxfam Phillipines Many of the families who lost their homes to storm Sendong (international name: Washi) have since stayed in cramped evacuation centers, their personal space often defined by the size of the sleeping mat they own. Vicky Aguiman, a 65 year-old resident of Purok Tambo, Macasandig, one of the worst hit areas […]

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Oxfam sends experts to Philippines in wake of typhoon Washi

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As the death toll passes 1,000 from the devastating tropical storm that hit the southern Philippines on Sunday, Oxfam has sent in emergency responders to determine the region’s humanitarian needs. A team of ten experts are on the ground in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City to assess the water and sanitation conditions, after […]

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