UNDAC Deployment to Madagascar – Tropical Cyclone Enawo
The deployment of the 10-person UNDAC ended 24 March 2017, with the UNDAC handing over to the National Office for Disaster Risk Management (BNGRC) and OCHA Humanitarian Advisory Team (HAT) in Madagascar.
Since their arrival on 8 March, UNDAC supported BNGRC, OCHA and the Resident Coordinator for Madagascar in coordinating assessments and the initial response, and in information management and reporting. In addition to establishing an OSOCC at the BNGRC office in Antananarivo, the UNDAC team established sub-OSOCCs in Antalaha and Maroantsetra – the districts most-affected by the cyclone.
In Antananarivo, the UNDAC team worked with the BNGRC to strengthen the initial response planning and coordination, and supported the UN RC and HCT in the development of the Flash Appeal and initial resource mobilization of the response. The UNDAC team worked closely with the BNGRC and Cluster Coordinators on the production of regular situation reports on the emergency response, and with BNGRC to strengthen its assessment and information management capacity, together with the MapAction team, that also produced a variety of maps to support the BNGRC and field teams responding to the emergency.
The Antalaha-based UNDAC team supported initial rapid assessments and set up a sub-OSOCC as requested by BNGRC. The team focused on collecting and supporting situational analysis, including assessment data from partners and directly through field trips undertaken with BNGRC and humanitarian partners. Maintaining a “light-touch” approach to coordination in view of the limited number of partners present, the sub-OSOCC supported information management, mapping and reporting.
The Maroantsetra-based UNDAC team was embedded at the District Office for Maroantsetra alongside the BNGRC representatives also deployed to support the district. The team supported the setup of office infrastructure, as well as information management and mapping for the district. The team conducted a joint assessment with district officials and the BNGCR to develop a shared situational awareness, and held bilateral meetings with humanitarian partners working in the district to supplement the situational overview. The team identified gaps in WASH capacity and provided advice to the BNGRC and UNICEF on responding to these specific needs.
Télécoms sans Frontières (TSF) also deployed with the UNDAC team, working with local telecommunications providers to support the rehabilitation of telecommunications capacity in the most-affected areas and providing technical support to the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC).