Madagascar Floods Flash Appeal 2007

15 March 2007

The Madagascar United Nations Country Team is appealing for US$[1] 9,639,500 to support the Government of Madagascar in its efforts to address the humanitarian needs arising from the tropical storms and floods affecting the country over the past months. The Madagascar Flash Appeal has been developed in partnership with the Malagasy National Office for Disasters Management and Preparedness (BN GRC), through the collaborative efforts of the United Nations (UN) agencies, and international and national humanitarian organisations present in the country.

Madagascar is prone to natural disasters, including endemic drought, flooding and recurrent cyclones, regularly causing damage to the local communities, as well as setbacks of economic growth. The Humanitarian implications of these various natural disasters are particularly significant, since Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the World, ranking number 143 on the Human Development Index out of 177 countries. 

Between 24 December 2006 and 26 February 2007, tropical storms Bondo and Clovis, and the intense tropical storms Gamede and Favio, hit various regions of the country. An additionaltropical cyclone, Indlala, is due to make landfall on the island shortly.Further deteriorating the overall situation is this year's rainy season, which has brought exceptional rains to most parts of the island. These conditions have contributed to heavy flooding in largely populated, as well as cultivated, areas throughout the country, including the capital region, the northwest, the west, and the southeast. Cyclones, floods and heavy rains have to date left 7 people dead, displaced 33,000 people and significantly detrimentally impacted the upcoming harvest of an additional 260,000 people. The food security situation has dramatically deteriorated, and the risk of maternal and child mortality linked to lack of quality of services, and water-borne diseases including cholera have increased. The situation could further deteriorate, as the cyclone season is only halfway through, bringing the possibility of more adverse weather.

As a result of the extensive response since late December, in-country resources are being exhausted. On 20 February 2007, the Malagasy Government launched an appeal calling for international solidarity and assistance in meeting humanitarian needs stemming from both mounting malnutrition and the severe flooding. As a response to the Government’s appeal, the UN Country Team decided to launch this Flash Appeal, requesting the support of the international community. The Appeal presents a common understanding of humanitarian priorities, based on identified unmet needs. The BN GRC coordinates the relief operations with the support of UN agencies and other partners, while affected line ministries are involved in the planning and response activities.

The beneficiaries of the proposed activities of this flash appeal will be 293,000 people affected by cyclones, floods and heavy rains throughout the country. The planning horizon covered is six months, from 15 March to 15 September 2007. The Appeal comprises projects with total budgets amounting to $9,639,500. Of this, $3,001,000 has been funded while the Appeal was under development, leaving a gap of $6,638,500 still to be funded. Funding for the emergency humanitarian needs in this Flash Appeal is also being sought from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

[1]All dollar figures in this document are United States dollars.   Funding for this appeal should be reported to the Financial Tracking Service (FTS,, which will display its requirements and funding on the CAP 2007 page.

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