On the morning of Friday the 16 March 2018, the district of Mananara Nord and Maroantsetra in the peninsula of Masoala, Region of Analanjirofo, Madagascar, was affected by Eliakim, a tropical cyclone in category storm. Eliakim brought with him a maximum wind speed of 105 km. The cyclone has put Manara district in a state of crisis. The cyclone affected persons find themselves in a desperate situation, with many unmet vital humanitarian needs such as access to food, shelter, health, water, livelihood and protection services.
Eliakim has come with heavy rains, causing strong floods in the eastern part of Madagascar mainly in the Regions of Sava, Sofia, Analanjirofo, Atsinanana, Alaotra Mangoro where most of the damage is expected. As a result, communities in affected regions have been hit by three storms namely Ava, Dilemma and Eliakim and has made communities more vulnerable every time a storm hits making their conduction worse.
The ACT Madagascar Forum is planning on submitting a funding proposal to provide food, NFI and protection to ensure that the cyclone-affected persons’ basic needs are met with regards to WASH, health and livelihoods.