Cyclone Batsirai tore across Madagascar and right through our work zone on the 5th of February. Seventeen days later, Cyclone Emnati followed the same path leaving a desperate situation. This is unprecedented.
The devastation was enormous, by both the wind and the terrible flooding. We know of 140 people who died either in collapsing buildings or by being washed away in floods. Hundreds of schools and health centers were completely destroyed.
Thousands are homeless, the water is polluted, and worst of all, in the long run, most of the harvest that people have been desperately waiting for is gone.
The only positive is that we are so well placed to help. We have 100 staff living in villages around the forest corridor, in the remotest areas, and able to report the complicated situations, despite no telephone masts and all bridges down blocking paths and tracks. Literally written reports were thrown across rivers to team members to hand carry to our main office. We then worked out the best actions in the priority places.
We have delivered thousands of emergency kits and metric tons of food to the most affected households in our coverage area. Now it is time to rebuild, replant, and revive. We have over 600 requests for help to rebuild or repair schools currently waiting on our desk right now. The only thing we lack are the funds to help these communities rebuild and stay strong.
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