- United Nations agencies and their international humanitarian partners said they need more than US $36 million to provide relief to Madagascar's tens of thousands of heavy cyclone victims.
At least 83 people have been killed by cyclone that resulted to heavy rainfall throughout Madagascar, especially its northwest and northeast regions.
The capital Antananarivo and farmy region of Alaotra Mangoro are among the areas heavily affected by several days of floods. Several people have been displaced.
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is seeking funds to bail out the country's over 230,000 victims of the national disaster.
OCHA has dispatched a formal request to the United Nations' Central Emergency Response Fund to disburse funds for the cause. So far, about US $6.5 million has been committed, OCHA said.
Malagasy victims have been supported with emergency food rations and other humanitarian aid, thanks to UN aid agencies and other partners, including the International Organisation for Migration. Aid workers are helping victims with quality water as well as avert the spread of diseases in the affected areas.
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afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.