Madagascar: Tropical Cyclone Haruna (MDRMG009) DREF Operation Update no. 1



CHF 298,747 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 28 February 2013 to support the Malagasy Red Cross Society (MRCS) in delivering assistance to some 10,000 beneficiaries.

Almost six weeks after Tropical Cyclone Haruna made landfall in Madagascar, flood waters have started to recede and families have begun moving back to their homes. Malagasy Red Cross Society, with support from IFRC, assisted families in the aftermath of the disaster through the distribution of shelter and non-food items, potable water and health and hygiene promotion activities, reaching the targeted 2,000 families with distributions planned at time of reporting.

The French Red Cross received funds to cover the cost of the water unit deployed and supported under this DREF operation, thereby freeing up a total of approximately EUR 50,000 in the original budget. This enabled MRCS and IFRC to review the evolving situation on the ground and revise some activities to address other urgent needs that emerged in the aftermath of the cyclone. This includes aligning the activities around the repair of wells with the government’s action and standards, increased hygiene and sanitation promotion as well as the deployment of RDRT specialists to support the National Society in monitoring and implementing the operation.

The DREF timeframe will also be extended for a month to enable the completion of all the activities, and will therefore be completed by 31 July 2013. A Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation, by 31 October 2013.

The Canadian Red Cross and government, Netherlands Red Cross, European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) as well as Italian and Korean governments contributed to the replenishment of the DREF allocation made for this operation.

The major donors and partners of DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross and government, Danish Red Cross and government, DG ECHO, the Irish and the Italian governments, the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Luxembourg government, the Monaco Red Cross and government, the Netherlands Red Cross and government, the Norwegian Red Cross and government, the Spanish Government, the Swedish Red Cross and government, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors. The IFRC, on behalf of MRCS, would like to extend thanks to all for their generous contributions. Details of DREF contributions are found on: