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Madagascar: Response activities build momentum

20 Apr 2017


As funding for the Flash Appeal - budgeted at $20.1 million – comes in, humanitarian partners are able to scale up response activities to respond to the most critical needs of those most affected by Cyclone Enawo – the number stabilised at 434,000, with 58 districts out of 119 reporting damages. To date, the appeal is 45% funded but it will be revised at the end of this month in order to cover the humanitarian needs for the next six months, based on results of sectoral assessments that have been completed or are currently on-going.

The economic loss estimated by the CPGU (Cellule de Prevention et de Gestion des Urgences) and the World Bank is at $400 million, about 4 per cent of annual GDP. The agriculture sector has recorded $207 million in losses. Because of the loss of food stocks, property and agricultural assets, emergency food assistance has been provided to almost 170,500 people to date.

As part of the efforts to help people rebuild their livelihood, seeds, planting material and small-scale agricultural equipment have been given to 46,130 households, including livestock (chicken) restocking or fishing equipment.

Children have been supported with education and school materials, but the needs of some 45,100 children remain unmet. Credit: UNICEF

Concerns remain in critical sectors such as water and sanitation. At present over 326,500 people remain without access to clean water, and while the response so far has included distribution of water makers (i.e. water purification tablets) and hygiene kits to 98,770 people and the restoration of water networks in some areas, logistics and funding constraints are causing substantial gaps.

Moving forward, the strategy is to re-assess the response to date and the number of people still in need of assistance. This will determine the revision of the Flash Appeal, in an effort to ensure that response efforts can be sustained in the next six months.