It's Sunday morning. You have just got up when seawater starts flooding into your house. You and your wife get onto the kitchen table, but the rising rushing water sweeps it away. You scramble onto a cupboard, but it is overturned by the flood. You hang onto the roof as your belongings are sucked out of the house.
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Mona Laczo writes about the logistics of the emergency aid programme in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
In the Lion Brewery in the Sri Lankan capital Columbo, the production of beer has stopped and the plant has been bottling drinking water to be shipped to the affected areas and distributed by Oxfam. Bottled water is important because water tanks cannot be delivered to some areas because bridges have been destroyed.
Owning livestock in Chad and Sudan is similar to having a savings account: you start it with a small amount, see it grow and use it only when things are getting bad. For Darfurians seeking refuge in Chad, that is exactly what has happened. Many of them owned good herds of camels, horses, cows, sheep, goats and donkeys - up to 400 to 500 animals for a rich family and around 50 for a poor one. Now, they have lost most of them because the animals were either killed or stolen, or died of disease and tiredness during their long flight from Sudan. There are no more that six or seven animals left per family on average. Things are really bad.
New arrivals at a camp in Darfur return to their shelters with supplies issued by Oxfam