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11 Dec 2009 description

On 25 November the UN Country Team in Madagascar has appealed for $6 million in donations to stockpile emergency supplies, including tarpaulins, medicines and water purification tablets against the imminent cyclone season that annually devastates the island ..

The cyclone season usually starts in December and runs through April and coincides with the main growing season for rice, the main staple food crop in the country.

30 Sep 2009 description


24 Sep 2009 description

Washington/Nairobi, 24 September 2009 -The pace and scale of climate change may now be outstripping even the most sobering predictions of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC).

An analysis of the very latest, peer-reviewed science indicates that many predictions at the upper end of the IPCC's forecasts are becoming ever more likely.

Meanwhile, the newly emerging science points to some events thought likely to occur in longer-term time horizons, as already happening or set to happen far sooner than had previously been thought.

Researchers have …

18 Sep 2009 description


The record-breaking 15 flash appeals in 2007 brought to the fore some long-standing weaknesses in flash appeal principles and practices, which the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) moved to correct.

27 Aug 2009 description
report UN General Assembly

Soixante-quatrième session
Point 72 a) de l'ordre du jour provisoire*
Renforcement de la coordination de l'aide
humanitaire et des secours en cas de catastrophe
fournis par les organismes des Nations Unies,
y compris l'assistance économique spéciale :
renforcement de la coordination de l'aide
humanitaire et des secours en cas de catastrophe

26 Aug 2009 description

This report covers the period 01/01/2009 to 30/06/09.

In brief

Programme purpose: The Indian Ocean Sub Zone provides support through capacity building of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies of Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles in Organisational Development (OD) and Disaster Management (DM), in order to reduce the impact of emergencies on the lives of vulnerable communities in the region.

Programme summary: The DM delegate in Madagascar facilitated the completion of the cyclone Ivan operation, which included the pre-positioning of emergency stock for the next …

07 May 2009 description

NAIROBI, 7 May 2009 (IRIN) - World Bank researchers have crunched population, economic, and elevation maps to analyse which countries are most at risk from storm surges, assuming a one metre rise in sea level (due to climate change).

An April 2009 report, Sea-Level Rise and Storm Surges - A Comparative Analysis of Impacts in Developing Countries, reveals "very heavy potential losses.

04 May 2009 description

Period covered by this Final Report: 6 March to 6 September 2008;

Appeal target (current): CHF 1,074,882 (USD 937,938 or EUR 712,324)

Final Appeal coverage: 68%

Appeal history:

- The Emergency appeal was launched on 6 March 2008 for CHF1, 074,880 (USD 961,431 or EUR 651,442) for 6 months to assist 10,000 families.

- Operations update no.1, issued on 15 May 2008, focused on assessments and distributions conducted by the Malagasy Red Cross Society (MRCS), the DM Federation representative and other stakeholders.

- Initially a total of CHF 108,719 was allocated from the …

30 Apr 2009 description

This report covers the period 01/01/2008 to 31/12/2008

In brief

Programme purpose: The Programme is designed to improve the capacity of the National Societies of Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles, to reduce the impact of disasters on vulnerable communities through Organisational Development and Disaster Management.

Programme(s) summary: Low coverage (31 percent) of the required budget severely slowed down the implementation of planned activities within the Sub-zone.

29 Apr 2009 description

This report covers the period 01/01/2008 to 31/12/2008

In brief

Programme purpose:

The Eastern Africa Zone continues to prioritise enhancing the capacities of the 14 National Societies(NS) as one of the core focal areas in order for them to respond to the humanitarian challenges thatplague the region.

03 Apr 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 3 April 2009 - On a plot close to the small main road of one of the poorer neighborhoods in Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo, children play in a child-friendly space set up by UNICEF.

The centre was initially established as a temporary response to last year's flooding, which displaced 20,000 people in the capital. As the centre grew in popularity, it gained a secondary role as a place in which to identify children living in situations of violence, abuse and truancy.

18 Mar 2009 description

ODI background note

By Alan Nicol and Nanki Kaur

Water is the key medium that links atmospheric temperature rises to changes in human and physical systems.

Climate change will alter the hydrological cycle in many ways. The trigger is the warming of the atmosphere and oceans, which will change major weather systems.

29 Jan 2009 description
report Rotary

By Ryan Hyland

To improve sanitation and fight waterborne disease, the Rotary clubs of Paris-Est, Val-de-Marne, France, and Tamatave, Madagascar, are teaming up to provide more than 900 septic tanks and water filtration systems to families in Tamatave's poorest areas, Mangarivotra and Mararano.

The project is supported by contributions totaling US$100,000, including a $42,000 Matching Grant from The Rotary Foundation.

28 Jan 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

MENABE REGION, Madagascar, 28 January 2009 - The southern part of Madagascar has been brutally affected by Cyclone Fanele, which hit the island in the early hours of 21 January. A recent World Health Organization assessment notes that over 20,500 people have been affected by Fanele and Tropical Storm Eric, which arrived on the 19th.

UNICEF response activities started immediately and supplies reached the region within three days.

16 Dec 2008 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON- December 16, 2008 - The World Bank Group Board today approved a credit to the Republic of Madagascar in the amount of US$40 million to finance an Emergency Food Security and Reconstruction Project.

The project will finance a cash-for-work program to increase access to short-term employment in targeted food-insecure areas. It will also seek to restore access to social and economic services (schools, health centers, small roads, water systems, etc.) in the aftermath of catastrophic events, including cyclones.

11 Dec 2008 description

ANTANANARIVO, 11 December 2008 (IRIN) - Every year the rains flood large parts of Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo, displacing thousands of its poorest inhabitants. Now a combination of rapid urbanisation and increasingly violent cyclones as a result of climate change may threaten to bring increasing devastation to the city, say experts.

"Last year 20,000 people were displaced, which was more than in the 2007 cyclone season - every year the number increases," Dia Styvanly Soa, of the government's Office for National Disaster Management (BNGRC), told IRIN.

27 Nov 2008 description


On 13 September 2007, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Kimoon appointed Catherine Bragg of Canada as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Ms. Bragg has been the Director-General of the Humanitarian Assistance, Peace and Security Programme in the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) since 2004.

18 Nov 2008 description

JOHANNESBOURG, 18 novembre 2008 (IRIN) - Cette année, tous yeux rivés sur l'écran du radar, en prévision de la saison des cyclones à Madagascar, les autorités et leurs partenaires humanitaires espèrent bien ne pas être pris au dépourvu.

« Nous nous préparons pour la saison des cyclones », a indiqué à IRIN Xavier Leus, Coordinateur résident du Système des Nations Unies à Madagascar.