Antananarivo (AFP) 02/09/2022 21:10
cyclone kills 80 in Madagascar
The death toll from Typhoon Patsyrai, which receded on Monday, increased from Madagascar To eighty dead, according to a new toll announced by the authorities on Wednesday, and it could continue to rise, as some villages in the worst-affected areas are still isolated.
And the National Office of Risk and Disaster Management, which counts the losses in the most affected areas, especially on the eastern coast of the island in the Indian Ocean, stated that the death toll rose from thirty people on Tuesday evening to eighty, including sixty in the Ekongo region in the mentioned area.
The country has counted more than 94 thousand affected and about 60 thousand displaced people, while non-governmental organizations and United Nations agencies have begun to deploy capabilities and teams to help the victims of this heavy rain and strong winds.
Damage to rice crops and UN warnings
Tropical cyclone Batsirai hit Madagascar on Saturday night and slammed a coastal agricultural region stretching for a length of 150 km, and sparsely populated, before heading west into the country, causing floods in rivers that destroyed the rice fields of Madagascar’s “reservoir”, which raises fears of the deterioration of the humanitarian situation.
“Rice fields have been damaged and crops lost. It is the main agriculture of the people of Madagascar and their food security will be massively affected in the next three to six months unless we act immediately,” said Pasqualina Desirio, director of the World Food Program in the country.
The UN agency distributed hot meals, especially in Manakara, one of the worst-affected areas.
In addition to the aid provided by the government, several NGOs, including Action Against Hunger, Handicap International, Save the Children and Doctors of the World, distributed household items, food and hygiene products.