PQMD Member Americares continues response to Cyclone Enawo in Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone Enawo made landfall in north-eastern Madagascar’s Sava region on 7 March and then moved southward across central and south-eastern parts of the country as a tropical depression before exiting the country on the morning of 10 March. An initial emergency response team) deployed Thursday March 9, and arrived in the capital, Antananarivo, on Friday March 10. They were joined by another response member from our Nepal office, on Saturday.

Source: BBC

An estimated, 176,084 people are reported to have been affected by the cyclone, including 110,693 who remain displaced. The number of deaths due to the storm has increased to 50 with 20 people missing and 183 injured. The north-eastern coast line (Sava and Analanjirofo regions) sustained significant damage due to high winds and flash flooding. In the coastal town of Maroantsetra, approximately 40% of the population has been displaced by flooding. In the capital, Antananarivo, an estimated 27,104 people have been displaced by flooding.

A preliminary assessments conducted by the Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et des Catastrophes (BNGRC) of Madagascar – the national disaster management authority – and other response organizations indicate widespread agricultural damages. Food availability is expected to be a challenge in remote areas cut off by damaged roads, suffering the loss of substance crops and household food supplies. The floods have affected health facilities (extent unknown). Access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene is jeopardized for large numbers of people.

At the recommendation of BRGNC, the team visited a government run community center about an hour drive from the capitol where more than 500 displaced residents are temporarily sheltered. Our team delivered cleaning supplies to help maintain the one latrine available for survivors and hygiene items that will be distributed to families. Here is a short video clip from the footage the team took during a visit to another displacement camp yesterday – Madagascar clip . The team will continue to attend coordination meetings, meet with partners and identify needs.