Madagascar: Cyclones Emergency Appeal No. MDRMG002 Final Report


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Period covered by this Final Report: 22 March to 31 December 2007;

Appeal target (current): CHF 2,005,707 (USD 2,005,707or EUR 1,274,273);

Appeal coverage: 76%;

The attached financial report is interim because of unspent funds. Discussions with donors are ongoing and a final financial report will be posted once resolved.

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 (MRCS), 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.

- Operations update no.4 extended the operation's period by three months until the end of December, 2007. The extension was 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 Humanitarian Values.

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

Summary: In response to Cyclone Indlala, Red Cross staff and volunteers as well as the local authorities and other partners mobilized themselves to provide food and non-food items, conduct water and sanitation activities and pre-position stocks. The volunteers were also trained in various capacities including beneficiary identification, relief distribution and overall warehouse management.

The MRCS developed disaster management tools and training modules that are adapted to the regional context. The National Society also came up with the monitoring and evaluation system to track the implementation of activities during the Cyclone operation.

Despite the challenges on the ground, the National Society was able to implement most of the planned activities. This demonstrates the capacity of the staff and volunteers to adequately respond to disasters.

Cooperation and coordination among all involved in the cyclone response played a major role during the distribution of relief items. Community-based Red Cross volunteers played a central role in the operation including assessments, beneficiary identification, relief distribution and follow-up.