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Madagascar: Government and humanitarian partners reach thousands with life-saving aid

15 Mar 2017


First humanitarian cargo flight arrives in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Credit: UNICEF/M.Conway

Response activities by the Government and humanitarian partners continue to scale up. Relief items were pre-positioned in 15 regions ahead of Cyclone Enawo’s arrival to respond to food security, education, health, nutrition, shelter, water and sanitation, and protection needs. Additional supplies started to be deployed to Sava and Analanjirofo regions on 10 March 2017.


The number of people displaced by the cyclone has raised to almost 247,000. Some 425,000 people have been severely affected by the disaster and require humanitarian assistance.

Favourable weather conditions since 10 March have permitted national authorities and humanitarian partners to initiate rapid assessments in northeastern, eastern and south-eastern parts of the country.

Initial humanitarian impacts in the areas of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Shelter, Health, Food Security, Protection and Education, as well as Logistics have been identified. Field coordination hubs are being jointly reinforced by national authorities and humanitarian partners in Maroantsetra and Antalaha. A Flash Appeal will be issued soon, indicating the funding needed to assist the most vulnerable in the coming months.