Madagascar: Transition from emergency response to reconstruction and resilience.
The district of Maroantsetra, north of Antananarivo, was severely damaged by Cyclone Enawo. The main town and over 80 communities suffered intense water damages causing loss of lives and livelihood, along with destruction.
On Wednesday a monitoring mission including the Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et Catastrophes (BNGRC), WFP Madagascar, the Global Logistics Cluster, the Civil Protection (CPC), the Ministry of Agriculture, and ECHO - the major donor behind the logistics activities for the cyclone response - took to the river to see how food and NFI are delivered to the affected communities.
The mission rode up the river using the vedettes, two boats that had been procured by WFP using DFID funding and donated to the Civil Protection (CPC), to be used in emergencies.
The boats had been prepositioned in Toamasina and when Cyclone Enawo struck, as part of the Logistics Cluster Special Operation, equipped and deployed to Maroantsetra.
These boats now transport the humanitarians in charge of food distribution, health and WASH interventions and other relief activities, while local pirogues, coordinated by the Logistics Cluster, are used to transport the related cargo.
The mission included a visit to the village of Sahabatra where a Food For Work project mobilises the affected communities and allows for road rehabilitation works which will reconnect their villages.