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Disasters and Emergency Response

World Vision's staff respond to natural disasters, conflicts and other emergencies in dozens of countries each year. Staff can provide eyewitness interviews, expert analysis and compelling insight into these tragic events.

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Destruction in the Dominican Republic following Tropical Storm Chantal

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Ten years after the tsunami: Lives, homes rebuilt from the ground up
Dec 22, 2014

Ten years after the tsunami: Lives, homes rebuilt from the ground up

Ten years after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, Layuen is one of dozens of villages in Aceh, Indonesia that World Vision helped to rebuild.

Sumathra Tsunami Tharanga was born just a few days after the Indian Ocean tsunami struck her village in Sri Lanka. PHOTO: World Vision / Hasanthi Jayamaha
Dec 22, 2014

10 years later: From devastation and despair to homes and hope for Indian Ocean tsunami survivors

Sumathra Tsunami Tharanga was born just a few days after the Indian Ocean tsunami struck her village in Sri Lanka. PHOTO: World Vision/Hasanthi Jayamaha

Five of the worst natural disasters of 2014
Dec 19, 2014

Five of the worst natural disasters of 2014

Natural disasters affected millions of people worldwide in 2014. Here are five of the worst ones and how World Vision responded.

In Iraq Amira,10, cares for her young sister, Aziza, 2, in front of the makeshift shelter they now must call home. Their family was torn apart by the Syria Crisis. PHOTO: World Vision / Mary Kate MacIsaac
Dec 17, 2014

World Vision to attend Berlin meeting for 3RP launch plan to address refugees, host nations

A new plan brings together the United Nations, governments, and NGOs to help the people caught in the Syria crisis.

Dr. Anne Peterson with World Vision testifies at a Senate Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Ebola Wednesday.
Dec 15, 2014

World Vision health expert testifies at Senate hearing on Ebola

Dr. Anne Peterson, a public health expert who recently returned from West Africa, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on gaps in the Ebola response and how local partners could better connect with the interfaith effort to stem the disease.

Indian Ocean Tsunami babies born on a mountaintop
Dec 10, 2014

Indian Ocean Tsunami babies born on a mountaintop

As the massive tsunami wreaked havoc on 14 countries and took lives December 26, 2004, new lives were born. Ten years later, communities have rebuilt, and those tsunami babies are thriving.

Families seek shelter in Redemptorist Church in Tacloban after Typhoon Hagupit brought punishing wind and rain to the Philippines. PHOTO: World Vision / Joy Maluyo
Dec 7, 2014

Thousands heed mandatory evacuation in Tacloban on the heels of Hagupit; World Vision distribution starts today

World Vision provides supplies to survivors of Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines.

Families take shelter inside evacuation centers throughout Tacloban, in advance of the approach of Typhoon Hagupit to the Philippines. PHOTO: World Vision / Cristie Macabe
Dec 6, 2014

Over half a million evicted by Hagupit: World Vision mobilizes response teams

World Vision disaster response teams are on high alert on Leyte, Samar, and Panay islands as punishing winds and rains from Typhoon Hagupit track northwest over the central Philippines.

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