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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Madagascar : Immediate humanitarian aid of €200 000

European Commission has allocated €200 000 to provide an immediate assistance to Madagascar  after the strongest tropical cyclone in the country so far-  Haruna- hit the south-west coast of the island on 22 February.
The sum comes from the World-Wide Decision on Humanitarian Aid - the financial backbone of the Commission's humanitarian aid operational strategy for 2013. The EC is also looking for further possibilities to increase the funding.
Madagascar is the world’s fourth biggest island which is prone to cyclones and tropical storms, particularly during the rainy season between January and April. This year Haruna killed more than 24 people, affecting around 23,000 more, that are in direct need of humanitarian assistance.
In 2012 the European Commission assisted Madagascar with €1 million in emergency aid in response to the cyclone "Giovanna" and tropical storm "Irina", which killed more than 100 people and severely affected close to 310,000 people. Madagascar also benefits from the European Commission disaster preparedness programme for Southern Africa known as "DIPECHO". Since 2010 the Commission has allocated €5 million from this programme.


Source: European Commission

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