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Madagascar, Malawi Face Continuing Threats Related To Flooding, U.N. Agencies Say

Bloomberg News: Madagascar Faces Triple Threat From Disasters as Hundreds Die
“Madagascar is confronting a triple threat: an outbreak of the plague, drought-induced starvation, and the aftermath of a tropical storm that have killed at least 250 people and forced tens of thousands more to flee their homes. Making a difficult situation worse, the natural disasters have coincided with political upheaval in the Indian Ocean island nation…” (Alida, 2/6).

Reuters: UNICEF says 300,000 displaced by Malawi floods, double previous estimate
“More than 300,000 people have been displaced by flooding in Malawi, almost twice as many as previously estimated, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday. Floods triggered by weeks of heavy rains have affected more than one million people, killed 276, and injured more than 600, according to new figures released by the U.N. Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) unit…” (Caspani, 2/5).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. agency boosts aid for Malawi’s flood victims, as Member States are briefed on situation
“The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced [Wednesday] that it is scaling-up its efforts in Malawi, following weeks of devastating floods that have displaced large numbers of people and presented complex challenges for that country’s government…” (2/4).

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