LDR sends support to Madagascar

Tropical cyclone flooding impacted thousands

March 5, 2015

Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) has committed an initial grant of $35,000.00 in response to flood damage caused when Tropical Cyclone Chedza hit southwestern Madagascar in January.

The storm caused severe flooding in many parts of the country. Approximately 174,000

people were affected by the disaster, and 80 people died.

LDR is working with the Malagasy Lutheran Church to assist 1,000 families in Morondava and Mahabo communities who were affected by the cyclone and flooding.

Assistance will be for urgent food and non-food items, as well as psychosocial support.

Food being distributed consists of rice, oil and beans, and non-food materials include blankets and hygiene items. Those who are most vulnerable, specifically families who are displaced, people with disabilities, elderly parents and female heads of households will be targeted for aid. The church will also be working with people to provide support and disaster-risk training to help increase the resiliency of the communities.

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