Madagascar

Madagascar Floods
Madagascar faces it's worst rainy season since 1959. USAID, with our partner CARE Madagascar, provides emergency shelter supplies.
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Key Developments

Floods triggered by two tropical storms in early 2015 and continued heavy precipitation resulted in 23 deaths and affected more than 64,000 people in Madagascar’s capital city of Antananarivo and surrounding areas, according to the Government of Madagascar National Office for Disaster Risk Management (BNGRC). As of March 10, floods had displaced approximately 35,600 people and damaged or destroyed more than 1,800 houses. BNGRC coordinated preventive measures, including disseminating alert messages, evacuating people from affected or high-risk areas, distributing food commodities and relief items, and reinforcing the Ikopa, Imamba, and Sisaony riverbanks. The Malagasy Red Cross provided tents to displaced people in Antananarivo, and the UN World Food Program (WFP) and its partners distributed 145 metric tons (MT) of food commodities to flood-affected people.

Meanwhile, prolonged drought in southern Madagascar since late 2014 resulted in low crop yields and a stressed food-security situation in the seven affected districts of Amboasary, Ambovombe, Ampanihy, Befotaka, Bekily, Beloha, and Tsihombe. The conditions led to approximately 200,000 people experiencing food insecurity, including nearly 40,000 children younger than five years of age, according to the UN. BNGRC distributed 150 MT of food assistance in the affected districts, and WFP provided approximately 2,500 MT of food through food-for-work activities and supplementary feeding programs.

On March 19, U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar and Comoros Robert T. Yamate declared a disaster in Madagascar due to the effects of the floods and drought. In response, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) provided $50,000 through USAID/Madagascar to relief organizations on the Madagascar Humanitarian Country Team to provide relief commodities and water, sanitation, and hygiene supplies to populations affected by floods. Additionally, USAID/OFDA provided $50,000 to Catholic Relief Services to supply seeds and agricultural inputs to drought-affected communities.

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Last updated: March 25, 2015

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