On 27 and 28 Jan 2013, the eastern coast of the Seychelles main island of Mahe was devastated by tropical depression Feleng and the island La Digue was severely affected. Approximately 1,000 families were affected by floods and landslides. 246 families were registered as displaced after their houses were either destroyed or damaged. Three months after the disaster, almost all of the families had returned to their original homes or had been provided with new houses by the government. (IFRC, 23 May 2013)
The cyclone passed along the eastern coast of Madagascar, inflicting only minor damage. As of 2 Feb, five people had died and 964 had been displaced. (Resident Coordinator, 1 Feb 2013)
RESULTS & ACHIEVEMENTS
• With funding support from the World Bank and others, the Government of Seychelles developed short, medium, and long-term disaster-resilient development initiatives which are expected to benefit 87,000 people and rehabilitate 500km of roadways.
On 27 and 28 January 2013, the Seychelles were hit by Tropical Depression Feleng causing devastating damage and flooding. Approximately 1,000 families were affected, with 246 families displaced. An allocation from IFRC’s DREF was made on 7 February for CHF 106,551 to assist 165 families with non-food items, as well as a larger target group of 600 families with health and hygiene promotion messages, accompanied by the distribution of mosquito nets as requested by the Ministry of Health.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
•Average production prospects for 2014 rice crop
•Sharp drop in 2013 rice production compared to the above average harvest of the previous year
•Rice prices strengthen in January 2014 and remain above levels of 2013
•Lower domestic supplies, higher rice prices and climatic shocks combined to deteriorate food security conditions
Summary: CHF 106,551 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 7 February 2013, to support the Red Cross Society of Seychelles (RCSS) in delivering assistance to some 600 families (3,000 beneficiaries) and for replenishment of relief items distributed immediately following the disaster.
Madagascar est sujet à des multiples risques incluant les désastres naturels (inondations, cyclones et sécheresse), les épidémies (paludisme, Fièvre de la Vallée du Rift et peste bubonique), l'insécurité alimentaire structurelle et les invasions acridiennes et des rats qui sont combinés à un niveau de pauvreté élevé et une instabilité économique et politique.
The island of Madagascar is prone to multiple hazards, including natural disasters (floods, cyclones and drought), epidemic outbreaks (malaria, rift valley fever and bubonic plague), structural food insecurity and pest/locust infestations, which are compounded by a high level of poverty and economic and political instability
ROME - Quatre millions d'habitants des zones rurales de Madagascar sont en situation d'insécurité alimentaire suite à la récolte réduite de cette année. La production de riz - l'aliment de base de cette île de l'Océan indien - et de maïs a souffert de conditions météorologiques capricieuses et d'une invasion de criquets. L'insécurité alimentaire risque de toucher 9,6 millions d'autres personnes, selon les deux organisations des Nations Unies.
9 October 2013, Rome - As many as 4 million people in rural areas of Madagascar are food insecure following this year's reduced harvest. Production of rice – the Indian Ocean island's staple – and maize has been badly hit by erratic weather and a locust invasion. A further 9.6 million people are at risk of food insecurity, say two United Nations agencies.
Tropical Storm “Felleng”’s proximity to Seychelles on the week of the 27th January brought with it heavy rain causing severe flooding in five districts: Anse Aux Pins, Au Cap and Pointe Larue which were declared “disaster zones” and Cascade and La Digue island which were also significantly affected. Hundreds of households were affected, dozens of families were displaced, infrastructure was damaged beyond repair and many farms were destroyed.
• As the agricultural season drawsto a close, above normal rains in April in the southern parts of the region could improve pasture conditions. However, they are unlikely to mitigate the impact of earlier periods of extended dryness on crop production. Additionally, recent wet conditions, along with possibility of continued rains, may cause cob-rot among crops drying in the field.
DREF operation n° MDRSC002
Period covered by this update:
7 February to 4 May 2013
CHF 106,551 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on to support the Red Cross Society of Seychelles for a period of three months in delivering assistance to some 3,000 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Locust plague present in half the country
Mixed rainfall performance recorded in the 2012/13 cropping season (October-June)
Rice prices remain comparatively stable during 2012 and into the beginning of 2013
27/03/2013 - Heavy rains have pounded Southern African countries resulting in widespread flooding, destruction of property, and loss of lives. The floods took place in the midst of the lean season, in a situation of acute food insecurity affecting millions of people through the region. In Mozambique, the worst hit country, more than 250,000 people, mostly women and children, are affected by the crisis with about 190,000 temporary displaced since January 2013. Malawi, Botswana, Seychelles, Zambia and Zimbabwe have also been affected by the floods.
Passage du cyclone FELLENG à proximité du littoral Est de Madagascar
Passage du cyclone HARUNA dans le Sud-Ouest de Madagascar
This map illustrates satellite-detected areas of standing water observed on Mahe Island, Seychelles, in 12 separate GeoEye-1 images collected on 5 February, 13 February, and 16 February 2013. Though these images were very cloudy UNITAR/UNOSAT reviewed them all for indications of standing water and also produced a cumulative cloud mask to indicate which portions of the island were completely cloud obscured. A total of 28 separate standing water bodies were identified, totalling 41,025 square meters and averaging 1,465 square meters in size.
ANTANANARIVO – Le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) a reçu aujourd’hui de la part du Gouvernement suisse une contribution de presque 550 000 dollars américains en faveur de son programme de secours et de redressement à Madagascar. Cette contribution permettra au PAM de venir en aide à 85 000 bénéficiaires tout au long de l’exécution du projet.
Prolonged dry spell compromises yields in several countries
A prolonged dry spell in the southern half of the region has resulted in moisture stress and potential yield reductions in southern parts of the region.
Short-term rainfall forecasts suggest a continuation of dry conditions in areas already affected by the dry spell.
I. NARRATIVE SUMMARY
DETAILS OF THE EMERGENCY
On February 22, tropical cyclone ‘HARUNA’ hit Madagasacar bringing heavy rains accompanied by gusty winds of 150km per hour causing massive flooding in most parts of south west Madagascar. The most affected areas are in the regions of Toliara and Taolagnaro (Fort Dauphin). In Toliara the five most affected districts are Toliara I, Toliara IIS, Sakaraha, Betioky Sud and Morombe. In Taolagnaro, the three most affected districts are Bekily, Ambovombe Androy and Amboasary Sud.