Madagascar - Cyclone Boloeste
This report is based on information provided by the National Disaster Management Agency (CNS) of the Government of Madagascar and the office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Madagascar.
After the storm has crossed Madagascar from East to West and left it on the 30th January in direction of Mozambique, it grew to be an intense tropical cyclone, named Boloetse and turned back towards the Southwest coast of Madagascar. On February 5, its tangential trajectory with a maximum strength came very close to the Atsimo Andrefana Region south of the city of Tulear,. Later, it developed into a tropical storm and headed towards the South-East diminished in its strength.
As of 9th February 2006, 6112 people have been reported as affected, of which 5138 in the commune of Androka and 300 in the commune of Itampolo (Coastal area 200 Km south of Tulear)
Most of the displaced found shelter with relatives or neighbors , only 100 people in the villages of Androharano and Befolotse (commune of Itampolo) remained homeless.
A total amount of 11 schools, 2 health centers, 1 market, 20 public buildings and 2491 private houses have been either damaged or destroyed.
Destruction of food crops already to be harvested is over 720 ha. (Androka)
697 heads of livestock have disappeared or been killed and around 1700 heads of poultry.
Some fishing equipment has been lost.
Health: Tackle risk of measles epidemics and increase of diarrhoea and malaria. The Provincial Health Director is responsible for ensuring the quickest availability of vaccines and drugs, with a reinforcement of health staff.
An assessment of a possible nutritional crisis amongst children under 5 years old is required.
Food security: Need to reinforce the coping abilities of the 2 communes affected. Next seeding shall be completed before mid March 2006.
Rehabilitate schools as soon as possible in order to re-establish education for pupils.
Reinforce communication and access means + accelerate data collection on impacts.
The CNS has already distributed 20 bags of rice, 40 jerricans of 10 litres, 50 mosquito nets, 4 tents and some small equipment + some fuel vouchers.
The CNS, along with the Region is sending 5 Mt of food ( rice) from its own stock to be distributed to the most needy in Androka.
UNICEF is sending soap bars, chlorine to purify drinking water, jerricans, mosquito nets and tents for a total of 1100 households and for normalizing school activities.
CRS will distribute seeds.
WFP and CRC will jointly implement food for work activities in the communes of Itampolo and Androka.
Response coordination and implementation is under the leadership and responsibility of the Conseil National de Secours of the Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reform in close partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Planning and the National Office for Nutrition.
Response activities have been clearly defined and divided between governmental agencies. Each activity and task has been put under the responsibility of one lead agency. Governmental structures are in charge of implementation.
The chief of Region is coordinating the activities on the ground in close coordination with regional and district level authorities
Partners include: WFP, UNICEF, CRS.
- Boats transportation / food distribution
- Communications / information gathering
Mr. Bouri Sanhouidi, UN Resident Coordinator: + 261 20 22 366 50
Ms Barbara Bentein, UNICEF Representative and Chair of the UN Theme Group on Disaster Prevention and Management: +261 20 22 206 38
Mr. Gianluca Ferrera, WFP Country Director a.i. : + 261 20 22 308 33
Mr. Jeremie Toussaint, United Nations System - Disaster Reponse Coordination - Tel. +261 (0)32 074 66 68