The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the World Food Program (WFP) and in close coordination with Madagascar’s National Bureau of Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC) is assessing and distributing emergency assistance in regions affected by Tropical Storm Alvaro.
During the visit to impacted areas, the BNGRC and WFP provided rice, oil, and 4.7 metric tons of high-energy biscuits that USAID donated to 6,764 displaced people in the southeast and southwest.
“This distribution will help the displaced in hard-to-reach areas meet their immediate food needs after the storm,” USAID Mission Director Michele Russell said. “More assistance may follow this preliminary donation as the situation warrants.”
WFP and the BNGRC are assessing the emergency needs after providing the initial food and commodities. Additional distributions, supported by the American people, may take place following the results of the assessment, expected to be completed later this week.
Storm Alvaro, which hit December 30-31, has resulted in 19 fatalities and affected 33,000 people in 7,500 families, with nearly 17,000 displaced in five regions of Madagascar. More than 6,600 houses were flooded, and 75 school classrooms were damaged or destroyed. The worst-hit regions were Haute Matsiatra, Atsimo-Andrefana, and Menabe.