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Sri Lanka Landslide and Flooding—Oxfam Launches Aid Effort
Oxfam is using its in-country aid stocks to provide essential household items and portable toilets to families hit by the Sri Lankan landslides and flood. A team of Oxfam aid workers is assessing the scale of the crisis and how best the agency can provide further help. Initial plans for Oxfam's response are estimated to be in the region of $350,000.
Nearly 350,000 people are believed to be affected by the crisis. Of these nearly 200,000 have been forced to seek shelter in 332 temporary locations such as schools and other buildings. It is likely to be up to seven days before they can return home.
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Oxfam International is a confederation of 13 like-minded organizations working together and with partners and allies around the world to bring about lasting change. Oxfam works directly with communities and that seeks to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.