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

 
Ecuador Earthquake: MSF Response Teams
Ecuador

We want to restore people’s normal daily activities

Project Update 2 May 2016
 
Mariana Daisa Esmeralda Castillo
Ecuador

Earthquake in Ecuador: I’m so scared to go back home

Voices from the Field 27 Apr 2016
 
Ecuador Earthquake: MSF Response Teams
Ecuador

The population is fearful and nervous

Project Update 27 Apr 2016
 
Earthquake in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan
Japan

People have to continue living in shelters for a while

Voices from the Field 25 Apr 2016
 
Ecuador Earthquake
Ecuador

MSF teams offer psychosocial support, distribute medicines in affected areas

Project Update 22 Apr 2016
 
Earthquake in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan
Japan

MSF starts medical activities in the area of Minami-aso after Kumamoto Quake

Project Update 21 Apr 2016
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