Response to cyclone Giovanna & Tropical Storm Irina, REVISION 1 - MDG121

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This revised appeal replaces the one issued on 11 June 2012. The main reason for the revision was to scale up activities for clearing and rehabilitation of irrigation canals, and reopening of feeder roads but also to accommodate a pledge of US5, 000 from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). No major changes have been made to the planned activities and the budget. All changes are highlighted in yellow.

On 14 February cyclone ‘Giovanna’ with winds of 185km/hr, a diameter of 1,000km and a displacement speed of 19km/hr hit the east coast of Madagascar between Tamatave and Vatomandry, about 350 kilometres east of the capital Antananarivo, traversing through the central Analamanga, Itasy and out from Menabe region on the western part of the country. The cyclone severely affected regions of Brickaville, Vatomandry and Moramanga. Other districts were affected to a lesser extent.

The National Disaster Risk Management Office (BNGRC) reported that Giovanna caused the death of 35 people while 284 were injured.

On 26 February another cyclone ‘Irina’ hit the north eastern part of Madagascar. Severe tropical storm Irina and the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) left 77 people dead and 15 others injured as reported by BNGRC.