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

 
Ramtha hospital after Jordan/Syria border closure
Jordan

Syrians denied access to lifesaving medical care for third consecutive month

Statement 21 Sep 2016
 
MSF intervention in Alaback, Niger
Niger

Floods leave hundreds of families homeless with increased risk of disease

Project Update 26 Aug 2016
 
Ethiopia

Two years of drought followed by floods challenge the pastoral way of life

Project Update 27 Jun 2016
 
Ecuador Earthquake: MSF Response Teams
Ecuador

One month after earthquake, MSF finishes its activities

Project Update 27 May 2016
 
Ecuador Earthquake: MSF Response Teams
Ecuador

Mental health after the earthquake

Voices from the Field 19 May 2016
 
Ecuador Earthquake: MSF Response Teams
Ecuador

Testimonies from people living in shelters

Voices from the Field 2 May 2016
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