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.

 
Voices from Oaxaca
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Voices after the earthquake

8 Dec 2017
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MSF Clinic In  Jérémie, Haiti
Luckily, the health centre, which served as refuge for the residents, survived the hurricane. Dr Danielle Perriault
Haiti

Our priority is to treat open wounds, fractures and paediatric emergencies

 
Emergency response in Nhamatanda district
Cyclone Idai & Southern Africa flooding

From emergency to recovery: Mozambique one month after Cyclone Idai

Project Update 12 Apr 2019
 
MSF response to cyclone Idai in Chimanimani - Zimbabwe
Cyclone Idai & Southern Africa flooding

Chimanimani: A community in distress after Cyclone Idai

Project Update 10 Apr 2019
 
MSF response to cyclone Idai in Chimanimani - Zimbabwe
Cyclone Idai & Southern Africa flooding

The first six days after Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe

Voices from the Field 29 Mar 2019
 
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
 
Mobile Clinics in Ponta Gea, Beira area.
Cyclone Idai & Southern Africa flooding

Mozambique flooding and response: both enormous in scale

Project Update 27 Mar 2019
 
Mozambique - Beira
Cyclone Idai & Southern Africa flooding

“A lot of water” - on the ground after Cyclone Idai in Mozambique

Voices from the Field 20 Mar 2019
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