Persistent heavy rainfall from several cyclones that struck Madagascar has caused serious flooding and landslides in several locations on the island.
Tropical Cyclone Bansi traversed the eastern part of Madagascar beginning January 9. Several days later, Tropical Cyclone Chedza hit the south-western part of the country. And on February 7, Tropical Storm Fundi battered the coast of the southern region, bringing sustained winds and worsening the situation in this region where Chedza had already passed and where there was already widespread famine resulting from drought.
Tropical Storm Chedza, while only a medium sized disaster, affected a large part of the population. In the capital Antananarivo a dyke broke, affecting an estimated 80,000 people.
The flooding has had a detrimental effect on food security. The crop outlook in Madagascar, where much agriculture is still done by subsistence farmers, has been dramatically impacted. The agricultural season has already developed, affecting replantation as it comes too late in this season. This endangers the main income of these farmers, and the crops will need to be replaced by more immediate and rapid growing crops like vegetables.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is responding to this crisis with our mission partner the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM) through ACT Alliance. The response will include the distribution of unconditional cash grants, food and non-food items, and early recovery and livelihood restoration.
Cash distributions will enable families to purchase their most urgent necessities (food, personal items and/or agricultural inputs). This will also help with the reestablishment of markets.
Food and non-food item distributions will improve food security for families through complementary food assistance in affected districts.
Early recovery and livelihood support will help restore livelihoods through provision of seeds, restoration of irrigation channels and drainage, restoration of WASH facilities, and support for health through the cleaning and disinfecting of flooded surroundings.
How You Can Help
You can stand in the GAP for disaster survivors and help the church with this response.
Give. Share your financial blessings by designating gifts to DR000152-Madagascar. Give through your local Presbyterian congregation, online, or by mailing a check to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) P.O. Box 643700 Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.
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Pray: Please pray that through the response of the faith community, the communities impacted by so many disasters, as well as those offering assistance, will have their needs met and will be reminded of the faithful hope that is found in Christ.