Eleven days after the first of two severe earthquakes hit the Awaran area of Balochistan province, MSF still has not received government authorization to work in the area.

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Recent floods devastated the city of Chokwe in Mozambique’s Gaza Province, leaving people in urgent need of medical care.

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MSF has dispatched two teams to run mobile clinics after Typhoon Bopha devastated coastal parts of Mindanao Island in early December.

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As winter approaches, MSF teams are rushing to provide up to 2,000 transitional shelters for flood survivors in Sindh Province.

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Instead of reviving the dry landscape and arid fields, torrential rains washed away many of the newly planted crops in parts of Chad.

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As water recedes in some areas, it is increasing in others as rain continues to fall and the needs grow increasingly urgent.

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MSF teams focussed on treating injured patients face new challenges, too, with the start of mobile clinics in the capital, of water provision, and of efforts to plan for post-operative care.

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MSF has treated more than 1,000 patients in four tented facilities. The primary concern at the moment is the overwhelming numbers of people who need immediate treatment and major surgery.

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On September 30, a massive earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sumatra, causing widespread destruction and triggering landslides that wiped out entire villages. According to the United Nations, an estimated 2.5 million people have been affected by the 7.6 magnitude quake, which killed 1,117 people in addition to injuring 1,214. One month later, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is still operating mobile clinics, giving mental health support to the survivors, monitoring epidemics, distributing relief items, as well as providing water and sanitation support.

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It has begun raining again in the Philippines and another typhoon is forecast for this weekend. Tropical Storm Ketsana, which hit last Saturday, caused major flooding in and around the capital, Manila, displacing 140,000 people.

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