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

 
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
 
Asbuli 2016
Ethiopia

Pastoral communities badly hit by the worst drought in 30 years

Project Update 21 Apr 2016
 
Ecuador Earthquake
Ecuador

People are very scared Many have had to leave their homes

Crisis Update 21 Apr 2016
 
Cholera response on and around lake Chilwa
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A cholera response among fishing communities on and around Lake Chilwa

4 Apr 2016
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