The Anglican provincial office has an appeal for Madagascar and the Anglican mission agency USPG is also providing emergency assistance.
Coming soon after cyclone Giovanna, which left 31 people dead and 250,000 people homeless, tropical storm Irina hit the Madagascar with heavy rains and strong winds, especially around the towns of Mananjary and Manakara.
People were still struggling to recover from the first storm, when the second took them by surprise. Thousands have been displaced, crops have been destroyed by floodwater, and public infrastructure and telecommunications services have been damaged. The storms cut off communication with rural areas and blocked major roads making it difficult for authorities and aid workers to reach those affected.
The Most Revd Ian Ernest of the Province of the Indian Ocean said: “It is sad that Madagascar had been hit again by a cyclone, we already know they are facing political instability and uncertainty. I make an appeal, so that a spirit of solidarity can transcend the ocean and I invite you to pray with us and for us. Your generosity enables the afflicted to get back to their living and to a better quality of life.”
Bishop Jean Paul Solo from the province of Toamasina which was mainly affected by Cyclone Giovanna told us that the situation was increasingly desperate. Many have no place to stay and schools and church buildings were badly affected. There was no provision of basics such as drinking water or electricity. There was also fear about the possible outbreak of waterborne diseases. A similar situation was described by Bishop Samoela Jaona Ranarivelo from the Dioceses of Antananarivo, who said external support was needed to help people recover from the crisis.
The Agency “USPG Anglicans in world mission” is sending emergency support to Madagascar through their Rapid Reponse Fund.
Donations to the church can be sent to:
Bank name BANQUE MALGACHE DE L OCEAN INDIAN
Number 00004 00010 070043 001 10 32 MGA
EKLESIA EPISKOPALY MALAGASY
BP 531 TOAMASINA
Tel 261 20 53 516 63