Magazine article New Internationalist

Forgotten Floods: Cyclones Take Their Toll on the Inhabitants of Madagascar

Magazine article New Internationalist

Forgotten Floods: Cyclones Take Their Toll on the Inhabitants of Madagascar

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Madagascar has, like Mozambique, been hit by cyclones and heavy rains leading to disastrous floods, but the world has hardly noticed. Some 150 people have died and Madagascar has lost much of its livestock and subsistence crops of rice, maize and cassava in the flooded fields, leaving 200,000 people urgently in need of food.

UNICEF was the first aid agency to get essential supplies into Madagascar and out to affected areas a week after the first cyclone. Slow to get the attention of the world press, it was all of three weeks since Cyclone Eline and a week after Cyclone Gloria had struck before the UN said it would divert some aid from its World Food Programme, which was heading for Mozambique, to Madagascar. A three-million-dollar relief programme has now been launched, with food arriving in parcels dropped by the few helicopters so far made available. …

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