Posted by: africanpressorganization | 8 April 2009

Madagascar / Deterioration of the humanitarian situation



Madagascar / Deterioration of the humanitarian situation


ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, April 8, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the offices of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general and the spokesperson for the general assembly president



On Madagascar, six United Nations agencies and three non-governmental organizations in Madagascar today launched a Flash Appeal seeking $35.7 million in a bid to prevent a deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the country, which has this year been hit by multiple crises, including drought, cyclones and a period of political unrest.


This combination of crises has increased the numbers of persons needing humanitarian assistance, to the extent that an estimated 2.5 million people living mainly in Madagascar’s main cities and an additional 880,000 living in the drought-affected south now need humanitarian assistance.


The political crisis over the past three months has worsened the already precarious situation of large segments of the Malagasy population through disruptions in basic social services and a climate of fear and uncertainty.  It has caused delays or a cessation of services to a number of aid and development projects across the country.


With the majority of the population living under $1 a day, rising food prices and limited incomes have curtailed the ability of most households to have access to food, water and sanitation services, health and education.


SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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