As floods and torrential rains keep plaguing many regions of Madagascar, a few citizen initiatives have taken it upon themselves to provide relief to those displaced by the disaster. The authorities reported that 20 people had died and 71,854 had been displaced as of March 3. The current situation poses daunting challenges to coordinating the rescue effort: several dykes surrounding the capital city could burst at anytime under pressure from the continuous downpour. Still, many associations have come forward to provide first aid kits and staple foods.
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Life is too expensive for families living in extreme poverty in Madagascar
All roads leading to the small Malagasy village of Lohanosy have been washed away. Even the main road from the capital, neglected over the years, did not really stand much of a chance against the waters that rose and consumed what had been, at some point, a collection of rice fields.
A year after he was sworn in as president of Madagascar, Hery Rajaonarimampianina is aiming to jumpstart economic development by embracing a “blue economy” using island nation’s fisheries, maritime shipping, ecotourism and sustainable energy.