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In West Africa, the Ebola virus is devastating communities. The number of reported Ebola cases is now over 21,000, and over 8,400 have died.
Tens of thousands of people in and around Honiara were left homeless by flash flooding and heavy rains in Solomon Islands in April 2014. Up to 10,000 people sheltered in evacuation centres and debris and homes and livelihoods were destroyed.
A category four cyclone ripped through northern Tonga in January 2014, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Oxfam initially provided safe clean water through the use of desalination units and we will stay for the long term helping people regain their livelihoods.
On 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc across much of the central Philippines. Terrifying winds combined with a huge storm surge to smash through coastal communities. More than 5,000 people were killed, and more than four million people were forced from their homes.
Cyclone Evan hit Samoa on December 13, 2012, causing flash floods and widespread damage across the country. It destroyed the homes and livelihoods of approximately 13,000 people. In the immediate aftermath Oxfam delivered housands of litres of safe, clean water. In later months we supported farmers and their families to restore their destroyed livelihoods.
Millions of people in West Africa experienced a severe food crisis in 2012. Erratic rains, poor harvests, lack of pasture and increased food prices saw millions go hungry and an estimated one million children experienced acute malnutrition.
In the latest upsurge in violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), nearly 760,000 people have fled their homes and are in urgent need of healthcare, clean water, food, shelter and protection from violence.
The current crisis is the worst Gaza has seen in decades, More than 100,000 people have had their homes destroyed. Hospitals, schools, shops and factories have all been badly damaged, and thousands have lost everything they owned. The destruction to water and sanitation systems, and Gaza's only power plant, has left hundreds of thousands of people without vital services. The massive destruction of infrastructure will take years to rebuild, and a quarter of the population does not have access to running water or essential services.
In 2011 large parts of East Africa suffered what was the worst food crisis of the 21st century. A drought in the Horn of Africa pushed over 13 million people into a fight for survival. Two successive poor rains, entrenched poverty, a lack of investment in affected areas and rocketing food prices meant people had lost virtually everything.
The worst floods in living memory hit Pakistan in 2010, inundating about one-fifth of the country, destroying 1.6 million homes and affecting 20 million people. One year on, Oxfam has provided support to over 2.4 million people with humanitarian aid in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh and Azad Jammu Kashmir.
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