Madagascar prop up to deal with 4th cyclone in a month

One of the great Island nations of Madagascar, located in East Africa, is shorting up for its fourth tropical cyclone in a month. UN aid agencies also warned on February 22 Tuesday, as they outlined plans to help the government assist the most vulnerable.

While tropical cyclone Emnati was due to make landfall in the south of the East African State on Tuesday, central and southern areas were also likely to be affected on Madagascar’s east coast.

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According to the ‘Jens Laerke’ spokesperson for the UN humanitarian coordination office, “we are working hard against time, and our main motive right now serves to those who dealt with the fury of the first three extreme weather events from the impact of Emnati.

The UN’s response team was deployed earlier in order to support the Government-led response.

World Meteorological Organization (WMO) also tweeted on their page: in which they stated that “Tropical Cyclone Emnati is forecast to make landfall in Madagascar today at Category 2 strength around 18 GMT. It is 4th tropical cyclone in a month to hit Madagascar and follows nearly the same track as #Batsirai, which caused devastation and loss of life on February 5.”

In order to give help to the nation, UN humanitarians have appealed for $26 million in funding since the cyclone Batsirai made landfall earlier this month.

According to the World Food Programme (WFP) research, the new storm would increase the needs of those already reeling from four weeks of weather chaos and stated that they are all ready to support them, especially those affected.

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As per the data, more than 1.6 million people right now are struggling for humanitarian assistance, including 334,000 in the Grand Sud who face emergency levels of food insecurity following the drought and socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

UN agency is doing their best to make their efforts. They are also corresponding with the government to distribute hot meals to those who are affected and 148 tonnes of stored food while awaiting additional supplies when it is safe to make deliveries.

Dangerous Flooding:

As per the resources of the UN, heavy rain is also expected along the storm’s path- up to 250 millimetres in the space of 24 hours on the flat and from 400 to 500mm at higher altitudes.

And also added that the rains will cause “bad flooding and landslides” Ms Nullis explained, “the land is waterlogged, and it can’t absorb any more water.”

At the end of January, Madagascar was hit by Tropical Storm Ana, and on February 5, tropical cyclone Batsirai slammed into central areas, impacting 270,000 people.

Effects:

According to the UN humanitarian coordination body, it is estimated that more than 21000 people are displaced, and more than 5000 were affected by tropical storm Dumako which struck on February 15.

Nearly 20,500 homes were destroyed, and 21,000 people are still struggling due to a lack of food or no place to live.