Disaster Relief News: South Africa
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Johannesburg: 16 March 2007): The United Nations and its humanitarian partners today launched a six-month Flash Appeal for Madagascar, requesting nearly $9.6 million to assist 293,000 people affected by heavy flooding and cyclones.
Since December 2006, a series of cyclones, with accompanying heavy rainfall, has lashed several regions of the island nation. In addition, this year's rainy season has brought unusually heavy rains to most of the island. Together, these events have damaged large swathes of populated and cultivated areas throughout the country, including the regions of the capital, northwest, west, and southeast. In total, some 293,000 people are expected to require assistance in the coming months, including 33,000 displaced persons and 260,000 persons affected by the loss of up to 80 per cent of crops in south-eastern areas of the country.
"Urgent assistance is needed to provide for the many thousands of people affected by this overwhelming series of natural hazards," said John Holmes, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.
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