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Typhoons wreaked havoc in different parts of the philippines on three occasions in 2012.
Typhoon Washi hit the northeast coast of the island of Mindanao in December 2011, killing nearly 1,400 people and injuring thousands more.
Around 10,000 homes were destroyed. between 9 January and 24 February, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mobile teams carried out 5,400 medical consultations in the Mindanao cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro and treated some 240 children for severe malnutrition.
In August, typhoons Kai Tak and Saola caused severe flooding. between 13 August and 18 September, MSF carried out 1,900 consultations and distributed 2,600 hygiene kits to families in the municipalities of hagonoy and Calumpit in bulacan province, north of the capital Manila. In collaboration with local authorities, MSF also distributed water purification tablets and water containers, and assisted in the removal of 6,400 tons of debris.
Typhoon Bopha, which hit the southern Philippines on 4 December, was by far the most powerful of the year. In some areas, all the health posts were destroyed and regional hospitals badly damaged. MSF launched mobile clinics in some of the most affected coastal areas, such as Cateel and baganga on Mindanao island. The medical team began consultations in December, and assistance continued into 2013.
MSF launched mobile clinics in some of the most affected coastal areas, such as Cateel and Baganga on Mindanao island. The medical team began consultations in December, and assistance continued into 2013.