Philippines: responding to Typhoon Tembin

Natural disasters

An earthquake, tsunami, flood or cyclone can have a devastating impact on entire communities.

Within a matter of minutes, natural disasters can affect the lives of tens of thousands of people. Hundreds or even thousands of people can be injured, homes and livelihoods destroyed. Access to clean water, healthcare services and transport can also be disrupted. The impact of each disaster varies greatly and our response must adapt to each situation.

Needs must be quickly identified, but accessing a disaster zone can be complex when roads are cut off. The first responders are people already on-site: community members, local authorities and aid organisations already present.

We keep pre-packaged kits to deploy for rapid relief and life-saving assistance. With projects in over 70 countries, we often have aid workers nearby when a disaster strikes. They can be reinforced with additional teams if a larger response is needed.

 
Response to flooding in Southern Africa - Malawi
Cyclone Idai & Southern Africa flooding

Malawi: “This time, the flooding has destroyed houses, not lives”

Voices from the Field 29 Mar 2019
Zimbabwe
The confluence of the three rivers, Nyahode, Rusitu and Chipita, was a source of terror to the residents of Copper. Dr Elizabeth Irungu
blogs.msf.org

Grit and determination: One day in the race to reach people after Cyclone Idai

 
Heavy floods threaten the lives of thousands of people in Greater Pibor
South Sudan

Heavy floods threaten the lives of thousands of people in Greater Pibor

Project Update 23 Sep 2020
 
Emergency intervention for storm Amanda in San Salvador
El Salvador

Tropical Storm Amanda is “the last straw” for families in El Salvador amid COVID-19

Project Update 11 Jun 2020
 
Haiti

Ten years after Haiti earthquake, medical care is deteriorating

Press Release 9 Jan 2020
 
Floods in Somalia
Somalia

Floods leave thousands of people vulnerable and in need

Project Update 19 Nov 2019
 
Floods in Pibor
South Sudan

“The only way to move around the hospital now is by boat”

Voices from the Field 25 Oct 2019
 
Floods in Pibor
South Sudan

People stranded, cut off from care in severe flooding in South Sudan

Press Release 21 Oct 2019
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