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13 Feb 2018 description

This report is based on the passage of Intense Tropical Cyclone Enawo which affected Madagascar in March 2017, the strongest cyclone experienced by the country over the last 10 years.

Cyclone Enawo came in through the North East of the country, at the level of Antalaha district, as a strong category 4 cyclone on Monday 06 March 2017 at night. Enawo then swept through the country striking the highlands and got out of the country on Thursday 09 March in the far South of the country.

06 Feb 2018 description

Geneva, Switzerland, 6 February 2018

As delivered

Distinguished guests, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen.

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) Advisory Board Annual Meeting. Today, we will celebrate the achievements of UNDAC as it marks its 25th Anniversary this year. We will discuss how we can further strengthen UNDAC to ensure that it continues to be a nimble, effective international emergency response mechanism in a fast-evolving operational environment.

01 Feb 2018 description

Key Messages

  • Between October and November 2017, a series of market assessments were conducted across Southern Africa by FEWS NET, in collaboration with key national and international partners. The findings from the assessment in Madagascar are key inputs to this report, which provides an update to the May 2017 Supply and Market Outlook report.

01 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • Certain urban areas of Madagascar (districts of Antananarivo, Tamatave etc.) are experiencing the outbreak of a plague epidemic since August.

  • WFP will implement resilience strengthening activities in the 16 targeted communes, where the food security situation has improved. These activities will be complemented by nutritional support and school feeding programmes, for higher impact.

14 Jan 2018 description

FAITS SAILLANTS

  • La production nationale de riz (paddy) est estimée à un peu plus de 3,1 millions de tonnes en 2017, soit 20 pour cent de moins qu’en 2016 et 19 pour cent de moins que la moyenne des trois précédentes années (2013-2015).

  • Ce recul de la production est principalement dû à un démarrage tardif de la saison des pluies et à une sécheresse sévère qui a tout particulièrement touché les principales régions productrices de riz du nord, du centre et de l’est en milieu de campagne.

14 Jan 2018 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cyclone Ava brings heavy rains to eastern regions in early 2018

  • Rice production in 2017 estimated at well belowaverage level mainly reflecting dry conditions in main-producing areas

  • Prices of rice in 2017 up on annual basis, mostly on account of tighter supplies

  • Moderate improvement in food security situation in southern regions, but conditions worsened in southeastern areas due to weather shocks

Heavy rains impact coastal regions in early 2018

15 Nov 2017 description

This Revised Emergency Appeal seeks to extend the timeframe until February 2018 to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Malagasy Red Cross Society (MRCS) in delivering assistance and support to 25,000 people affected by Cyclone Enawo. The total budget has increased from 827,667 Swiss francs (577,592 Swiss francs in addition to the bilateral component of 250,075 Swiss francs from PIROI) to 937,640 Swiss francs (including a bilateral component of 250,075 Swiss francs from PIROI).

11 Nov 2017 description

Expected rains in Southern Madagascar will be favorable for maize and pulse planting

16 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Vulnerable populations in six Southern African countries will likely require humanitarian assistance through mid-2018

  • FAW infestations reported in at least eight Southern Africa countries

  • USAID/FFP provides nearly $47 million in additional funding to improve food security throughout the region

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

09 Oct 2017 description

Death, destruction and displacements due to cyclones are not uncommon in the Indian Ocean countries. What is worrying, of late, is the growing intensity.

When cyclone Enawo hit Madagascar in March 2017, Mr Getachew Taa, Head of the Country Cluster Support Team for East Africa and Indian Ocean for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said: “Tropical Cyclones are not unusual for Madagascar at this time of year. However, the severity of Enawo is troubling.”

03 Oct 2017 description

Moroni/Geneva, 26 September 2017—Thousands of lives in the Union of Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles remain at risk due to the region’s increasing vulnerability to natural disasters, including cyclones, floods, earthquakes and tsunamis. This, combined with the fact that global humanitarian funding is dwindling, is further evidence of the need to invest in preparedness and in local humanitarian capacity.

27 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP is shifting the focus of its operations towards resilience strengthening. 14 priority communes have been identified for Food Assistance for Assets resilience strengthening activities.

  • Early recovery activities implemented in the targeted ENAWO cyclone affected areas aiming to support communities for restoring damaged infrastructure ended in August.

13 Sep 2017 description

Natural disasters over the first semester of 2017

During the first semester of 2017, EM-DAT preliminary data shows that 149 disasters occurred in 73 countries. The impact of which resulted in 3,162 deaths, affected more than 80 million people and caused more than US$32.4 billion (A).

The major disasters were floods and landslides occurring in Asia, South America and Africa (B).

13 Sep 2017 description
report Medair

Having a baby can be a stressful event in the life of any woman. Worrying when it will happen, if the baby will be healthy, and how much pain it will cause are typical concerns most women can relate to. Having a baby in the midst of a cyclone? Now that is another story.

On 7 March 2017 at 11:00 am, Jolita, 26, gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Tania in one of Medair’s cyclone shelters in Madagascar during Cyclone Enawo, which struck the northeast coast of Madagascar that day with Category 4 force.