Madagascar: Pre-positioned Food Is Key After Storm

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Tropical storm ‘Hubert’ struck Madagascar’s east coast on 10th March, claiming several lives and causing widespread damage. Many families were forced to flee their homes due to flooding. WFP is drawing on pre-positioned food stocks to help those affected.

ANTANANARIVO – Tropical storm ‘Hubert’ struck Madagascar’s east coast on 10th March, claiming several lives and causing widespread damage. Many families were forced to flee their homes due to flooding.

WFP, along with NGO partner CARITAS, is drawing on pre-positioned stocks to provide emergency rations to some 2,000 people in the region of Farafangana, severely hit by the storm. The rations have helped flood-affected families to return home.

WFP is set to distribute 1 tonne of High Energy Biscuits (HEB) to storm victims in Manakara with logistical support from the French government. France, through the Indian Ocean Regional Intervention Platform (PIROI) and the Malagasy Red Cross, is providing a Transall C-160 aircraft to its humanitarian partners.

The storm caused extensive infrastructural damage, especially to roads, which has complicated access to affected regions. France’s logistical support is critical for the rapid deployment of aid supplies and humanitarian personnel to the disaster zone.

Prior to the onset of the cyclone season, WFP had pre-positioned stocks and distributed large quantities of food supplies to partner agencies working in high-risk areas.

Beyond France’s logistical support, the country has contributed 300 000 euros to WFP operations in Madagascar in 2010.