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

 
Honduras

Choluteca River contaminated with pesticides

Press Release 16 Nov 1998
 
Nicaragua

MSF begins emergency intervention in Nicaragua

Press Release 2 Nov 1998
 
China

MSF expands its operations into Hubei and Anhui provinces

Press Release 1 Sep 1998
 
China

Increase in infectious diseases in flooded parts of China

Press Release 12 Aug 1998
 
China

MSF signals serious threat of diseases in Guangxi province

Press Release 13 Jul 1998
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