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We Are Responding to Super Typhoon Goni and Typhoon Vamco in the Philippines

On November 1, Super Typhoon Goni made landfall on Catanduanes Island, in the Philippines. With 10-minute sustained winds of 140 mph and maximum sustained winds that reached 195 mph, it was the strongest storm of the year, and the strongest since Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Over the course of two days, Goni caused significant damage …

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We Are Helping People Affected by the Earthquake in Turkey

On Friday, October 30, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck 8 miles northeast of the Greek island of Samos, mainly affecting the western province and city of İzmir, Turkey, but felt as far away as Istanbul, Bodrum, Mugla and Manisa. The province has since been shaken by almost 1,150 aftershocks, with 43 of them more powerful …

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Snapshots August

Providing Lifesaving Support to the Survivors of the Explosion in Lebanon On Tuesday, August 4, a massive explosion tore through the city of Beirut. Because we were already in the country providing a range of health services, we were able to respond immediately and provide help to survivors and support to hospitals and health facilities …

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Hurricane Laura: International Medical Corps Stands Ready to Deploy

Hurricane Laura made landfall on the Louisiana and Texas coasts as a dangerous Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds as high as 150 mph. It created dangerous storm surges and flooding along hundreds of miles of coast, and is bringing high winds far inland, creating enormous disruptions in lives and livelihoods, especially to areas …

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#Snapshots July

Fighting COVID-19 Around the World COVID-19 cases continue to rise globally and our teams worldwide are still hard at work in the fight against the virus. Responding in the United States As case numbers continue to rise throughout the US, we’re coordinating with partners in a number of hotspots, including California, Florida and Texas. In …

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Mobile medical teams in Beirut

Operating in Lebanon since 2006 and as one of the country’s largest health partners, International Medical Corps immediately launched emergency services in response to the explosion, including mobile medical teams to provide primary healthcare and psychological first aid. Continue reading about our response >
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COVID-19 Compounds Puerto Rico’s Struggles after Natural Disasters

Puerto Rico, home to 3.4 million U.S. residents, was already struggling due to several natural disasters before COVID-19 arrived. In January 2020, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the island, followed by a series of strong aftershocks that lasted weeks. International Medical Corps—already on the ground in Puerto Rico since the catastrophic Category 5 Hurricanes Irma …

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When Being Lucky Means Four Inches of Water in Your House

When Hurricane Dorian hit her home, Christine Marshall—a nurse from Freetown, Grand Bahama, who works for the Public Hospitals Authority—says she and her two children were the luckiest in their neighborhood: they only had to endure four inches of standing water in the house. Christine remembers empty boats floating between homes, and—thinking about the storm …

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Volunteering in a Disaster Response: “A Little Scary and Very Exciting”

Kristin Hortman, a native of Mainz, Germany, recently volunteered for International Medical Corps in Grand Bahama as part of our response to Hurricane Dorian. Here, she remembers her experiences serving the people of Grand Bahama as a volunteer pharmacist. From mid-October until December 2019, I volunteered for International Medical Corps and Pharmacists Without Borders, ensuring …

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