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Tropical Storm Chedza in Madagascar

Damaged classroom at the School for the Deaf – SEMAMO in Morondava
Damaged classroom at the School for the Deaf – SEMAMO in Morondava

A tropical disturbance in southern Africa strengthened into Tropical Storm Chedza as it passed over the Mozambique Channel on January 15, 2015. Three CBM partners were affected by flash floods caused by this storm, and we are responding to address immediate, as well as longer-term needs.

CBM partners affected

CBM has been present in Madagascar since the late 1970s. Our Emergency Response Unit has been monitoring and evaluating the impact of the tropical storm in Madagascar, working closely with the CBM Madagascar office.

Three of CBM partners namely Semamo – the School for the deaf in Morondava, the SEJAFA School for the blind in Faratangana and the eye clinic in Ambohibao have been affected by the flash floods caused by the tropical storm. The floods have damaged the buildings, stocked food, beds, mattresses and clothing of children with hearing and vision impairments studying at the two boarding schools. In addition, students and staff are also suffering from respiratory issues. The eye clinic has suffered physical damage to the fence and the incinerator.

CBM’s involvement

CBM will address the immediate food, non-food items and health care needs of children with disabilities, teachers and support staff of the three CBM partners. The project will also include the repairs, rehabilitation and reconstructions work at the two schools and the eye clinic.

Some figures

As per the ECHO report on 21st January 2015:
  • 35 people dead, and 117,181 affected by the tropical storm including 44,389 displaced by Tropical Storm Chedza.
  • In addition, 2,322 houses have been destroyed, 200 schools damaged, 8 health centres flooded, and about 1,650 ha of cropland inundated.
  • The western region of Menabe was hardest hit, as well as the eastern districts of Manakara, Morondava Miandrivazo, Mananjary, Nosy Varika (Vatovavy-Fitovinany) and Farafangana (Atsimo Atsinanana). Analamanga, including the capital, Antananarivo, is also affected by the associated rainfall.
  • The dam in Morondava broke leading to flash floods that inundated half of the town.


Humanitarian Action

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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