Madagascar - Tropical Cyclone Manou OCHA Situation Report No. 1

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 14 May 2003
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2003/0069
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Madagascar - Tropical Cyclone Manou
14 May 2003

The Government of Madagascar appeals for International Assistance.


1. On 9 May 2003, Tropical Cyclone Manou reached the eastern coast of Madagascar making landfall over the Districts of Andevoranto and Vatomandry in the Province of Tomasina.

2. Heavy rains, associated with average winds reaching 105 km/hour and gusts up to 200 km/hour, swamped roads and washed away bridges, causing extensive damage to infrastructure. The toll on the community is very heavy.

3. The Office of the Resident Coordinator in Madagascar reports that in the District of Vatomandry (population of 115,000 inhabitants) Tropical Cyclone Manou has caused the death of twenty-three people and affected some 22,000 people. Eighty-five percent of the buildings have been destroyed. Electricity and water supply have been cut off.

4. The road between Brickaville and Vatomandry is cut off.

5. On 10 May, the Government of Madagascar dispatched two teams to evaluate the damages in the area of Vatomandry and Brickaville. The first team, led by the Prime Minister, comprised the Minister of Health, the Minister of Youth and Sports, a Representative of the National Relief Council, one Parliamentarian, UNDP and the World Bank. The second mission was composed of Provincial Authorities, Representatives of the European Union, WFP and CARE.


6. The authorities of Madagascar have identified the following priority needs for an estimated value of approx. USD 424,000:

  • Shelters
  • Water purification
  • Sanitation equipment
  • Medicines
  • Blankets and clothing
  • Food items
  • Kitchen sets
  • Transport and Logistics
National Response

7. On 12 May, the Government of Madagascar appealed for International Assistance.

8. For the rehabilitation of the Health Centers in Vatomandry and Andevoranto, the Government of Madagascar has allocated credits of approximately USD 127,000 and USD 20,000 respectively.

9. Fifteen Tons of rice and emergency relief items were also sent to the region by national and provincial authorities.

International Response

10. The findings of the initial assessment undertaken in the concerned localities indicate an urgent need for an in-depth evaluation. During an information sharing meeting held on 13 May, Country Representatives of UN Agencies agreed to provide support to the Government of Madagascar for this exercise through the following arrangements: Food Security/Nutrition (WFP/FAO), Health/Water/Sanitation (UNICEF/WHO/UNFPA), and Infrastructures (UNDP, ILO, World Bank).

Emergency Contact Information in Madagascar

Mr. Bouri Sanhouidi
United Nations Resident Coordinator
+261 20 22 370 58 (Dir.)
+261 33 11 066 94 (Mob.)

Mr. Michel Matera
Humanitarian Affairs Officer
+261 20 22 370 75 (Dir.)
+261 32 07 236 38 (Mob.)

11. OCHA is in close contact with the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Madagascar and will revert with further information, as it becomes available.

12. OCHA is prepared to serve as channel for cash contributions to be used for immediate relief assistance, in coordination/consultation with relevant organizations in the United Nations system. For banking details please contact the Desk Officers indicated below. OCHA provides donors with written confirmation and pertinent details concerning the utilization of the funds contributed.

13. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform OCHA Geneva, as indicated below, on relief missions/pledges/contributions and their corresponding values by item.

14. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

MAP - Madagascar: Tropical Cyclone Manou

Telephone: +41-22-917 12 34
Fax: +41-22-917 00 23

In case of emergency only: Tel. +41-22-917 20 10

Desk Officers:
Ms. Federica D'Andreagiovanni/Mr. Jahal Rabesahala de Meritens
Direct Tel. +41-22-917 1478/+41-22-917 1934

Press contact:
(GVA) - Ms. Elizabeth Byrs, direct Tel. +41-22-917 26 53
(N.Y.) - Ms. Stephanie Bunker, direct Tel. +1-212-963 87 40

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