Monday, 26 January 2015

Flooding in Madagascar caused by Tropical Storm Chedza

People and rice fields near Tana affected by Cyclone Chedza

Irenee Rajaona-Horne, MfM’s Development Officer and Ian Williams CEO of Caplor Horizons have just returned from a short trip to Madagascar to develop MfM’s ‘education for life programme’. Whilst there they witnessed the devastation caused by tropical storm Chedza that has brought with it heavy rains and lashing winds. The severe storm hit landfall on the 16th of January 2015 and has so far left 51 people dead and affected more than 120,000 people. Many of these people have been left homeless, with little access to food supplies, shelter and safe drinking water. As you can see from the pictures, rice fields have been severely affected by the flooding. Apart from this threat to livelihoods, the danger of water-borne diseases such as Cholera and Typhoid is on the rise, especially in urban areas where low-lying dwellings are now awash with raw sewerage. Our partners across Madagascar are ready to help those in most acute need. We are hoping to send funds out to alleviate immediate needs (food and medical supplies) and also help with medium to long term solutions (for example through provision of seeds for planting new crops).  

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