Madagascar is preparing for a new cyclone

Madagascar is bracing for another tropical storm just 10 days after Cyclone Batsirai killed at least 121 people, a UN spokesman said on Monday, News.Az reports quoting Xinhua.

Tropical Cyclone Dumako is set to hit the northeast of the country on Tuesday, said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Cyclone Batsirai hit southeastern Madagascar on the weekend of February 5, displacing 29,000 people and destroying, flooding or damaging nearly 19,000 homes.

“Health teams have been deployed to affected areas where they are working in conjunction with the government to scale up the response,” Dujarric said. “Food partners provide both cash and in-kind food aid.”

When food markets are not functioning, there is not enough local food available or victims cannot access markets, in-kind food aid is frequently distributed.

The spokesperson said the World Food Program has distributed unconditional cash transfers to help affected families for the next three months. United Nations health partners also supported the resumption of health services and rehabilitated medical facilities damaged by the cyclone.


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