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Tropical Cyclone Enawo

Flooded streets
© Henitsoa Rafalia / Anadolu Agency
Flooding in Antananarivo

After Cyclone Enawo batters Madagascar, CBM and partners' disability inclusive response will address immediate needs, livelihood restoration and infrastructure repair.

Intense tropical cyclone

On 7 March, Tropical Storm Enawo-17 made landfall on north-east Madagascar as a very intense tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of around 231 km/h (143 mph). Wind gusts in the area may have been considerably higher. Several deaths are reported and, although Enawo has weakened to a tropical storm, it is moving slowly south-west through the country, bringing heavy rains and therefore risk of flooding/landslides.

CBM and partners' response

CBM is currently working with partners on programmes throughout Madagascar, in various fields including education, eye health, Community-based Rehabilitation and orthopaedic surgery.

We have gained an overview of the situation and are implementing a response which will ensure inclusion of persons with disabilities:
  • Provide food and non-food items, and restore income generating activities
  • Repair six school and one rehabilitation centre, ensuring increased resilience for future

Disability and emergencies

The WHO estimates 15% of the global population live with disability. In any emergency or disaster, people who live with some form of disability are disproportionally affected. Reasons for this include inaccessibility of warning messages and emergency shelters, loss and damage of assistive devices, disruption of support networks and increased difficulty in accessing basic humanitarian operations (food, water, shelter, sanitation and health care services).

At the same time, emergencies can increase the number of people who experience disability, both short and long-term, due to injuries sustained and lack of effective medical services.

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Inclusive Emergency Response Unit (ERU)

CBM working with local partners to ensure that people with disabilities are included at all levels of disaster preparedness and response


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"I am very concerned as the cyclone feels very severe. Even right now in my house in Antananarivo the windows are shaking, so I can imagine how the children with disabilities at the schools we work with are feeling in their small houses, sometimes made of wood.  We are contacting our partners, although communications are difficult right now, and we hope and pray the storm passes soon and we can support them to recover, if it is necessary."
Lila Ratsifandrihamanana, CBM Country Representative, Madagascar


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