WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development announced $127 million in additional humanitarian and recovery assistance to people affected by severe drought in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar, Lesotho, and Swaziland. With this announcement, the United States has provided nearly $300 million in humanitarian assistance to the region. In addition, the United States has also provided development investments to mitigate the drought's impacts and build resilience in Southern Africa.
(Antananarivo, 22 July 2016) Winding up a nine-day visit to the UK, Malawi and Madagascar, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-wha Kang called for urgent action by governments and donors to assist millions of people affected by severe drought in the southern Africa region.
Madagascar’s southern region has been experiencing a prolonged drought which has been reinforced by the effects of El Niño. This has left 1.1 million people food insecure, including 665,000 severely food insecure, in seven districts.
◾TC ABELA continued moving west-southwest over the south-west Indian Ocean remaining a Tropical Storm. On 19 July at 06.00 UTC its center was located approx. 690 km north-northeast of La Reunion (France) and it had max. sustained winds speed of 83 km/h (Tropical Storm).
◾Over the next 24 h it is forecast to continue moving south-west slighly weakening but still remaining a Tropical Storm. It may move near the north-eastern coast of Madagascar over 20-21 July. Heavy rain and strong winds may affect north-eastern parts of Madagascar.
The population in Madagascar’s arid South currently faces extreme humanitarian needs due to an extended drought exacerbated by El Nino. Nutrition screening data indicates that 39,000 children under 5 in the eight most affected districts in the South are suffering from acute malnutrition (GAM), among them 7,000 from severe acute malnutrition while water consumption has declined to a reported 1 liter/day in certain districts.
WHO: Kyung-wha Kang, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator
WHAT: Mission to Malawi and Madagascar
WHEN: 16 – 22 July 2016
WHERE: Lilongwe, Antananarivo and field locations
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Rice production in 2016 is provisionally forecast to be at near-average level, but sharp production shortfalls anticipated in the south due to severe El Niño-induced dryness
Food security conditions remain critical in southern regions on account of successive years of reduced crop production and higher prices
Rice production in 2016 forecast to be close to average levels
By Miriam Gathigah
AMBOVOMBE, Madagascar, Jul 8 2016 (IPS) - Voahevetse Fotetse can easily pass for a three-year-old even though he is six and a pupil at Ankilimafaitsy Primary School in Ambovombe district, Androy region, one of the most severely affected by the ongoing drought in the South of Madagascar.
“Fotetse is just like many of the pupils here who, due to chronic malnutrition, are much too small for their age, they are too short and too thin,” explains Seraphine Sasara, the school’s director.
Dans la région Atsimo Andrefana dans le sud de Madagascar, frappée par la sécheresse, les ménages les plus affectés ont retrouvé de l’espoir grâce au soutien de la Banque Africaine de Développement d’un montant d’un million de dollars américains destinés à lutter contre la malnutrition et la faim.
La famille du Système des Nations Unies à Madagascar partage la douleur du peuple de Madagascar et des familles victimes et endeuillées, suite aux deux récentes tragédies qui ont causé la mort de citoyens Malagasy.
En effet, il y a à peine quelques jours, nous étions consternés d’apprendre le drame de Beroroha dans le Sud de Madagascar, qui a laissé un bilan lourd de 31 personnes décédées dont une dizaine d’enfants.
Antananarivo, Madagascar | AFP | Sunday 6/26/2016 - 22:43 GMT
A toddler died in hospital Monday following a grenade attack in Madagascar's capital, bringing the death toll to three in what the president called "an act of terrorism".
The blast struck the Mahamasina municipal stadium in Antananarivo at around 1600 GMT Sunday, just as a free concert was taking place to mark the nation's 56th anniversary of independence from France.
According to the gendarmerie, the attack immediately killed two teenagers aged 16 and 18.
Antananarivo, Madagascar | AFP | dimanche 26/06/2016 - 19:48 GMT
L'explosion d'une grenade a fait au moins deux morts et quelque 70 blessés dimanche à Antananarivo, lors des célébrations de la fête nationale de Madagascar, a-t-on appris auprès de la gendarmerie.
L'explosion a eu lieu vers 19H00 (16h00 GMT) dans le stade municipal de Mahamasina, où se tenait un concert gratuit à l'occasion de la fête de l'indépendance.
C'est dans ce même stade qu'avait eu lieu un défilé militaire dans la matinée.
Antananarivo, Madagascar | AFP | Sunday 6/26/2016 - 22:54 GMT
Two people were killed and more than 80 wounded in a grenade attack in Madagascar's capital Sunday during the country's national day celebrations, in what the president called "an act of terrorism".
The blast struck the Mahamasina municipal stadium in Antananarivo at around 1600 GMT, just as a free concert was taking place to mark the nation's 56th anniversary of independence from France.
Cérémonie d’ouverture de l’ Atelier de Réflexion pour la mise en œuvre d’un Plan de Relèvement et Résilience face à la sécheresse dans le Grand Sud de Madagascar
Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et des Catastrophes Antanimora, 23 juin 2016
The south of Madagascar has been experiencing a prolonged drought reinforced by the effects of El Niño. This has left 1.1 million people from seven districts food insecure, including 665,000 severely food insecure.