Madagascar: Tropical cyclone Ivan DREF Operation No. MDRMG003


GLIDE n=B0 TC-2008-00023-MDG 27 February 2008

The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of national societies to respond to disasters.

CHF 106,067 (USD 99,256 or EUR 65,981) has been allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the national society in delivering immediate assistance to some 46,000 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: Tropical cyclone Ivan passed over Madagascar from 17-19 February, causing widespread damage. This allocation of CHF 106,067 from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) provides support to the Malagasy Red Cross assessments and the initial distribution of relief supplies. An Emergency Appeal is under consideration, to potentially provide assistance to some 10,000 families in
Sofia, Menabé, and Boeny.

This operation is expected to be implemented over 3 months, and will therefore be completed by May, 2008; a Final Report will be made available by August 2008 (three months after the end of the operation).

The situation

Intense tropical cyclone Ivan hit the island of Madagascar on 17 February 2008, crossing the island before exiting on 19 February 2008. Initial reports from the national disaster management office (the Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et Catastrophes, or BNGRC) indicated 26 deaths and more than 300,000 persons affected, particular by the heavy general rainfall and subsequent floods in the north and east of the island. Severe damage occurred to agricultural crops, houses, administrative and educational building, and health centres. The number of affected continues to rise.

Alaotra Mangora Region (northeast Madagascar): over 22,986 people are in need of assistance. Floods and rising waters indicate further hardship for thousands of persons. This region, known as the breadbasket of Madagascar, was also ravaged by violent winds which destroyed tens of thousands of hectares of rice crops.

Analamanga Region (Antananarivo Plain): Over 18,800 persons are reportedly without shelter in the capital of Antananarivo.

Atsinanana Region (northeast): some 12,000-13,000 persons are reportedly affected.

Northwest Region: rising waters inundated fields, roads, and houses. According to the Malagasy Red Cross situation report of 21 February), some 2,000 people re affected in Sofia, 4,000 in Boeny, 1,500 in Ménabé and the surrounding area, and 15,000 in Analamanga.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Madagascar: Ratsimbazafy Fanja Nantenaina, Secretary-General, Malagasy Red Cross Society, Antananarivo; Email:; phone + Secretariat of the Malagasy Red Cross: 032 05 22 111; email ; Head of Disaster Response Department: 032 05 22 07; email; or

Federation Delegate 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 +
In Geneva: John Roche, Federation Operations Coordinator, Email:; Phone +41 22 730 4400.