ACT Appeal: Response to Cyclone "Giovanna" and Tropical Storm "Irina" in Madagascar

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Appeal Target: US$ 115,262

Balance Requested: US$ 705

Geneva, 11 June 2012

Dear Colleagues,

On 14 February cyclone ‘Giovanna’ with winds of 185km/hr, a diameter of 1,000km and a displacement speed of 19km/hr hit the east coast of Madagascar between Tamatave and Vatomandry, about 350 kilometres east of the capital Antananarivo, traversing through the central Analamanga, Itasy and out from Menabe region on the western part of the country. The cyclone severely affected regions of Brickaville, Vatomandry and Moramanga. Other districts were affected to a lesser extent.

The National Disaster Risk Management Office (BNGRC) reported that Giovanna caused the death of 35 people while 284 were injured.

On 26 February another cyclone ‘Irina’ hit the north eastern part of Madagascar. Severe tropical storm Irina and the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) left 77 people dead and 15 others injured as reported by BNGRC.

Between 20 and 22 February, ACT members SAF/FJKM and DKH, visited the affected areas of Mahanoro, Vatomandry, Brickaville and Moramanga. A UN led detailed assessment in the agriculture sector was completed in April on which the needs in this full appeal are based on.
The goal of this ACT emergency response is to improve food security in the areas affected through food assistance for remote communities in Vatomandry district.

For the crisis phase (March – May) the intervention focussed on food assistance providing rations of 250 grams of rice and 50 grams of beans per person/day for a period of 20 days.

The second phase of the intervention will focus on training communities in improved agricultural techniques, distribution of short cycle varieties of rice seed, reopening of irrigation canals in three communes through food for work and cash for work systems, and repairing of feeder roads in the three targeted communes through food for work and cash for work interventions.