Natural disaster

India: MSF begins humanitarian response in Odisha after Cyclone Fani

Odisha, India: On 3rd May, Cyclone Fani made landfall on the coast of Odisha with wind speeds of over 200 kmph. The severe cyclonic storm caused damage to roads and communication networks, houses and public infrastructure in Odisha and neighbouring states. 16.5 million people were affected by the cyclonic storm in 18,388 villages. Over half a million families were left homeless while most communities don’t have reliable access to shelter, clean water and electricity.

Iran: Flash floods have caused huge damage, washing away houses, roads and bridges

Heavy rains have caused severe flooding across Iran in recent weeks, leaving towns and villages underwater and damaging homes, crops and infrastructure. The rains began on 19 March in the northeastern province of Golestan, bordering Turkmenistan, and a week later inundated the southwestern provinces of Lorestan and Khuseztan, bordering Iraq. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams visited the provinces to assess the needs between 8 and 18 April.

MSF response in wake of devastating Cyclone Idai


A weather system that produced heavy rains flooded parts of Malawi in early March 2019, before developing into Cyclone Idai which struck Mozambique and Zimbabwe on 14-16 March 2019.

Flooding in Malawi has displaced 87,000 people in camps, with the district of Makhanga one of the worst affected areas, which remains an island, cut off from all road access.

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

MSF teams responded to the influx of patients as injured people were brought to the health centres in Pandeglang district on the morning of 23 December.

Our teams were already working in this region before it was severely hit by a tsunami following the eruption of Anak Karakatoa volcano on the late evening of 22 December 2018.


Indonesia: Getting healthcare and safe water to remote areas in Central Sulawesi

An MSF team from Indonesia – composed of medical, logistics, and water and sanitation specialists – has assessed the situation and the medical and humanitarian needs in areas of Central Sulawesi affected by the earthquake and tsunami that hit the island on 28 September and is helping local health centres and communities get back on their feet.

Indonesia: MSF assessing needs following tsumani

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has deployed a local team to Central Sulawesi, Indonesia to conduct an assessment of medical and humanitarian needs in coordination with the national response mechanism.

The team is composed of medical, logistics, and water and sanitation specialists. MSF will continue to provide updates on further developments.

Kerala Floods

Over the weekend, MSF carried out an extensive assessment of medical and humanitarian needs in Wayanad, a district in northern Kerala. This area is heavily impacted by flooding caused by historic torrential rains that started falling on August 8. MSF is collaborating with the district authorities to determine the hardest-hit areas. An MSF team is preparing to distribute non-food items -- blankets, floor mats, and hygiene kits -- to many families housed in the relief camps.