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ACT Alliance Alert: Tropical Cyclone "Haruna", Madagascar

ACT Alliance - Switzerland - Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:45 GMT
Author: Elisabeth Gouel
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Tropical cyclone “Haruna”

Geneva, 20 February 2013

1.         Brief description of the emergency and impact

Tropical cyclone “Haruna” has hit Madagascar bringing heavy rains accompanied by gusty winds causing flooding in most parts of the south west of Madagascar. The most affected areas in the western part of Madagascar are in the regions of Boeny, Melaky, Betsiboka Bongolava Menabe Atsimo-Andrefana Vatovavy-Fitovinany Atsimo-Atsinanana, Androy and Anosy.  Most of these areas have already been classified as being in the red and orange alert categories.

People in the eastern part of Madagascar are also affected as a result of “Cyclone Felleng” that hit the eastern coast of Madagascar on 30 January to 03 February, 2013.

Preliminary information collected to date is as follows: Four people are reported to have died, two missing, 3,806 victims, 615 homeless, 1,440 houses flooded, 13 houses totally destroyed and 13 roads cut off.

The cyclone is projected to make a landfall on 22 February, 2013 at Toliary, South West and traverse through the southern part of Madagascar exiting on 23 February, 2013 at Tsihombe, South East. The real extent of the impact will only be known afterwards.

2.         Why is an ACT response needed?

ACT members response is needed to provide immediate live saving humanitarian assistance to the affected people and communities.  This is essential to alleviate suffering and restoring the dignity of those affected.

3.         National and international response

The National Government Disaster and Risk Management (BNGRC) is convening meetings on a daily basis to share information on the impact.  BNGRC has continued its operational assessments in conjunction with its partners, district and local authorities in threatened areas while continuing to broadcast warning instructions. Meetings have continued with the CRIC (Cercle de Réflexion pour les Intervenants aux Catastrophes) and national and international partners are being asked to produce their plans and in their targeted areas of intervention.  This is meant to enhance coordination and avoid overlapping.

A team of BNGRC has been deployed to the affected areas in the south west to support coordination actions (assessment, rescue) and distribute some food items, such as  rice and vegetables  and non-food items such as, soaps, medicines, water treatment kits, tents, candles and blankets.

A second team of BNGRC is being dispatched to join in the assessment in south east areas of Madagascar.

Also the Civil Protection Corps (CPC) Malagasy Army, under the organisation of BNGRC is on the ground in areas affected providing first aid.

4.         ACT Alliance response

ACT members in Madagascar, SAF-FJKM and Voina Mahatratra/FLM (Lutheran Church of Madagascar) have met and agreed to call for international response, hence this alert.  The alert will be followed by an application to the rapid response fund.

5.         Planned activities

SAF /FJKM and FLM plan to provide life-saving items such as food, medicines and clothes/blankets. The response will be informed by the ongoing needs assessment.

6.         Constraints

The main constraints are inaccessibility to the affected areas due to roads being washed away and transportation means. The unavailability of stock piles by SAF/FJK and FLM to respond immediately is also a constraint.

Any funding indication or pledge should be communicated to Jean-Daniel Birmele, Director of Finance (

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