Madagascar: Cyclones Appeal Extension No. MDRMG002 Operations Update No. 4

Situation Report
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In Brief

Appeal No. MDRMG002; Operations Update no. 4; Period covered: 9 May to 31 May, 2007; Appeal coverage: 93%; (Click here to go directly to the attached Contributions List, also available on the website).

Appeal history:

- Preliminary Emergency Appeal was launched on 22 March, 2007 for CHF 773,262 (USD 637,935 or EUR 477,765) for 6 months to assist 32,000 people.

- Operations Update no.1, issued on 29 March, 2007, focused on assessments conducted by the Malagasy Red Cross Society, the Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT) and other stakeholders.

- Revised Emergency Appeal, launched on 12 April 2007, increased the Appeal budget to CHF 2,005,707 (USD 1,649,430 or EUR 1,238,090) and raised the number of beneficiaries to 60,000.

- Operations Update no. 2 issued on 23 April 2007 focused on food distribution. And

- Operations Update no.3 issued on 18 May 2007 focused mainly on distribution of non-food items.

- This Operations Update seeks to extend the operation's period by three months until the end of December, 2007. The extension has been necessitated by changes in the plan of action introducing new objectives in logistics, support to livelihoods and promotion of Red Cross Red Crescent Fundamental Principles and Values.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 185,000.

Related Emergency or Annual Appeals: <Indian Ocean Sub-Regional Programmes; Appeal 2006-2007 (Appeal MAA64002)

Operational Summary: Emergency food and non-food item distributions in the Sofia and Diana Regions of Madagascar in response to Cyclone Indlala have been completed. Over 11,000 households were assisted totalling more than 55,000 people. The Federation's Logistics and Relief Emergency Response Unit (ERU) teams completed the distributions in partnership with staff and approximately 160 volunteers of the Malagasy Red Cross Society (MRCS).

Plans to build upon recent efforts by enhancing the capacities of the MRCS to address crises likely to arise in the future have been discussed and agreed upon. Among the key areas, logistics, support to community livelihoods and promoting the Fundamental Principles and Values of the Red Cross Red Crescent have been targeted as additional items for the next phase. Minor adjustments have been made to the budget allocations to boost those areas which are expected to receive support i.e. information, public relations, utensils and tools, but the overall appeal figure has not changed. To facilitate the implementation, an appeal extension of three months has been agreed upon by the MRCS and the field teams.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

- In Madagascar: Ratsimbazafy Fanja Nantenaina, Secretary General, Malagasy Red Cross Society, Antananarivo; Email:; phone +

- In Mauritius: Susanna Cunningham, Head of Sub-Zonal office, Indian Ocean Islands, Mauritius; Email:; phone +230.454.69.34; mobile +

- In Kenya: Dr. Asha Mohammed, Federation Head of Zone, Eastern Africa, Nairobi; Email:; phone + or Youcef Ait Chellouche, Acting Disaster Management Coordinator, Nairobi; Email:; phone +

- Geneva: Amna Al Ahmar, Federation Regional Officer for East Africa, Email:; Phone +41 22 730 44 27; Fax +41 22 733 03 95

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