Madagascar's cyclone woes worsen, U.N. calls for more money
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
May 16, 2007
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is now seeking $19.5 million and those funds are needed urgently, OCHA spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs told a press briefing in Geneva.
More than 450,000 people have been affected by the six cyclones and tropical storms themselves and then by the subsequent heavy floods which have struck the Indian Ocean nation, severely damaging agricultural production in some areas.
This season has been one of the worst cyclone seasons in years for Madagascar, with the most recent tropical storm hitting the northeast in early April.
Ms. Byrs said the food security situation in Madagascar was especially weak because much of the country had been suffering from drought before the cyclone season began at the end of last year.
Last year, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) ranked Madagascar 143rd out of 177 nations on its Human Development Index (HDI), which measures social, economic and material well-being.
Deadly cyclones hurt conservation efforts in Madagascar
(04/03/2007) As Madagascar braces for the arrival of the sixth major cyclone (Gaya) to hit the Indian Ocean island this season, researchers from a prominent conservation have asked for help in the relief and recovery effort. Local officials with the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society say that the series of storms have left tens of thousands of people homeless, devastated croplands, and diverted already short funds from conservation activities.
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