Madagascar - Tropical Cyclone Manou OCHA Situation Report No. 2

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 16 May 2003
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2003/0072
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Madagascar - Tropical Cyclone Manou
16 May 2003

This report summarises preliminary information provided by the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Madagascar.


As assessments are on-going, a more detailed evaluation of the damage is expected to be released next week.

District of Vatomandry

1. The cyclone has caused 68 deaths, 19 people are missing, 86 people have been injured, and some 110,300 have been affected. Some 24,500 houses have been destroyed, the number of homeless people is estimated at approximately 47,500.

2. In the city of Vatomandry, telephone lines are working again. Works for the re-establishment of water and power supply are still on going. Many communities near Vatomandry are still isolated.

District of Brickaville

3. Two deaths have been reported and some 4,200 people have been affected.


4. The following items are urgently needed in the Region of Vatomandry:

  • Provision of essential relief items (plastic sheeting, blankets, mosquito net)

  • Provision of medicines for malaria and diarrhea treatment

  • Provision of water treatment products

  • Provision of equipment for road clearance

  • Provision of helicopter / boat / truck for materials transportation
National Response

5. During a meeting held at the Conseil National de Secours (CNS) on May 15, the Government proposed the establishment of an operation center in the city of Vatomandry to coordinate the provision of assistance and requested the logistical support of the international community.

International Response

6. France has offered its support through the "Groupe de Secours Catastrophes Français" for the provision of medical assistance, road clearance assistance, water/sanitation equipment.

7. The regional operation center of the French Red Cross in La Réunion Island has also offered assistance to the Malagasy Red Cross. One ton of medicines is being sent to Tamatave.

8. Japan has offered 4 tents (15 persons each), 250 blankets, 10 water purifiers, 192 jerry cans (15L each) and 4 water tanks (3,500L each) for a total value of approximately USD 80,000.

9. UNICEF has sent a team to Vatomandry to assess the situation of water supply and sanitation.

10. In order to clear roads, WFP in partnership with CARE has already released 90 tons of Rice and 13 tons of Pulses for Food for Work activities.

11. OCHA has allocated an Emergency Grant of USD 50,000 for the purchase of emergency relief items.

12. 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.

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

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