UN: UN appeals for US$20 million to help affected populations in Madagascar

New York, US (PANA) - The UN and humanitarian partners are appealing for US$20 million to address the devastating consequences of "Cyclone Enawo" in Madagascar.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which issued the appeal on Thursday, quoted Ms. Violet Kakyomya, UN Resident Coordinator in Madagascar, as saying: "We are working closely with national and local authorities to meet the needs of those affected by the storm."

She commended the government both in evacuating people endangered by the storm before its arrival and in mobilizing the national and international response to the cyclone.

OCHA said the storm known as: "Enawo" struck the coast of Madagascar as a Category 4 cyclone on 7 March, causing extensive damage due to high winds and flooding in north-eastern parts of the country.

Between 8 and 10 March, the cyclone traced an arc nearly the length of the island nation, bringing heavy rainfall and flooding to central and southeastern areas and at least a quarter of a million people in the worst-affected areas require urgent life-saving humanitarian assistance and pro0tection in the storm’s wake.

It said the government has declared a national emergency and requested international support.

It noted that some 20,000 families who lost their homes need emergency shelter and more than 100,000 children whose schooling has been disrupted need temporary learning spaces.

"Up to 85 per cent of planted subsistence crops were lost in some areas, while more than 1,300 wells – the major source of household water – are flooded and contaminated. More than 100 health centres and 3,300 classrooms were damaged by the cyclone.

"Of the nearly 250,000 people who sought shelter in evacuation centres during the storm, more than 5,300 of the most vulnerable have no home to return to and remain in displacement sites.

"In addition to providing water, sanitation and hygiene assistance for 168,000 people, the US$20 million will fund food assistance for 170,000 people, and support more than 230,000 farmers in replanting crops and replacing livestock," OCHA stated.
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23 march 2017 20:30:21

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