Cyclone Enawo hits Madagascar | Humanitarian Coalition
Cyclone Enawo hits Madagascar
March 2017

A deadly, Category 4 cyclone hit the northeast coast of Madagascar on March 7, 2017, causing extensive damage. Cyclone Enawo, with winds gusting to 300km/h, killed more than 80 and affected close to 45,000 people. The disbursement of CHAF funding allows for essential support to be on the ground immediately while CARE seeks additional funds to support communities further and transition to the medium-term recovery phase.

Humanitarian Assistance: 

Monetary support for families to access basic needs

People Helped: 
Funds provided: 
Global Affairs Canada: 
CARE Canada: $30,000
Humanitarian Coalition: 
Humanitarian Needs: 

The heavy rains and winds caused extensive damage along the cyclone’s path and surrounding area, destroying more than 40,000 homes and leaving thousands homeless. Livelihoods have been affected and local infrastructure was damaged.

Humanitarian Response: 

Reduce vulnerability of crisis-affected people, especially women and children, and improve their ability to meet their basic needs

• Provide cash transfers to 1,000 of the most vulnerable households affected by the cyclone, prioritizing displaced families living in collective shelters and focusing on female heads of households. The cash transfer enable a family to meet their immediate basic needs for six weeks.
• Support 2,350 households with cash for work activities, allowing them to meet their basic needs for six weeks. Work will be prioritized based on the ability to improve humanitarian access to affected areas and reduce health hazards from the debris.or heavy rainfall by building stronger roofs.

Organizational Capacity: 

CARE is one of the main agencies of operation in the most affected area and has been working in the region for more than 25 years on development and emergency projects. It has a network in place
to organize surge capacity required. CARE is hosting the humanitarian coordinate meeting and the field office is acting as a centre of operations for the humanitarian community.


Assistance for smaller-scale disasters is funded by Global Affairs Canada (75%), the member agencies of the Humanitarian Coalition (15%), and the Humanitarian Coalition (10%) through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund.