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

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

Mozambique - Beira
Cyclone Idai & Malawi flooding

Crisis update

Crisis Update 22 Mar 2019
Mozambique - Beira
Cyclone Idai & Malawi flooding

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

Voices from the Field 20 Mar 2019
الفياضانات في بيرا في موزمبيق
Cyclone Idai & Malawi flooding

Humanitarian response in wake of devastating Cyclone Idai

Project Update 19 Mar 2019
MSF team visits tsunami affected areas

Update on response to Sunda Strait tsunami

Crisis Update 9 Jan 2019
Dr Patrick Indradjaja with Elis' family in Cigondang village, Indonesia

"Thank God, my family is safe!"

Voices from the Field 3 Jan 2019
Sunda Strait Tsunami

MSF supports health centres tending to Sunda Strait tsunami victims in Indonesia

Crisis Update 24 Dec 2018
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