OCHA Situation Report No. 7
Madagascar - Cyclone Eline and Gloria
22 March 2000
1. The most recent information provided by the United Nations Resident Coordinator on the situation in the North-eastern part of the country puts the number of people needing immediate assistance at 132,500 (including people who have lost crops and/or livestock), while the population without shelter is estimated at 22,000.
2. The cyclones have damaged roads and bridges, making road transportation difficult. Although it is possible to distribute relief goods to the main centers, the affected areas are reachable only by air.
International relief efforts
3. UNICEF has mobilized about 3 million dollars to cover basic needs ranging from biscuits, water purification items and medical kits. The European Union has approved a sum of 1.5 million Euro for repair to infrastructure and provision of food and health items to be implemented by CARE International and German Agro Action.
4. According to the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC), the Red Cross of New Zealand has delivered 40 tonnes of relief goods, consisting mainly of emergency medical supplies, blankets, kitchen utensils and water purification tablets, to some 50,000 victims in twenty districts.
5. The World Bank has pledged 20 - 25 million dollars for the rehabilitation of affected areas.
6. The main requirements continue to be for two helicopters to distribute WFP goods to isolated areas. In this regard, OCHA is preparing a request for the mobilization of two military and civil defense helicopters to assist in this operation.
7. OCHA is prepared to serve as a channel for cash contributions for the immediate relief needs. Funds channeled through OCHA will be spent in co-ordination with the relevant organizations of the UN system and OCHA will provide written confirmation of their use. Funds should be transferred to OCHA Account No. CO-590.160.1 SWIFT-code SBC0CHGG12A - at the UBS AG, PO Box 2770, CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland, with reference: OCHA - Madagascar - Cyclone 2000.
8. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform OCHA Geneva, as indicated below, of relief missions, pledges or contributions and their corresponding value by item.
9. This Situation Report and further information on ongoing emergencies are also available on the OCHA Internet Website at: http://www.reliefweb.int
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