Anticipatory Action for Cyclones in Madagascar: Evaluation of the Impact and Suitability of the DRF Model

Cyclone Freddy, the longest-lasting and most powerful cyclone ever recorded, hit Madagascar on 21-22nd of February 2023, and reemerged on the 5th of March, becoming the third deadliest in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Start Ready activated £700,000 with a 3-day lead-time, aiding communities before impact. National Reserves of £170,000 granted to Start Network members played a crucial role in quick response and preparation, enabling agencies to reach at-risk communities within 24-48 hours. Activities included shelter improvements, healthcare, and livelihood support spanning from pre-landfall to two months after.