Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) is going to help
the countries : Madagascar, Mozambique, Malawi and The Coromos,
because the new statement released on 23 July said the EC had
extended the scope of its disaster preparedness programme (DIPECHO)
with a new allocation of €5 million (US$7.8 million) for the
four southern African countries.
is an important step in supporting communities that are
particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. Experience shows
that many lives can be saved if people know what precautions to
take and how to react when the disaster strikes," Louis
Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and
Humanitarian Aid, said in the statement.
number of extreme weather events has increased sharply in recent
years. Climate change already seems to be having a serious
humanitarian impact," John Clancy, spokesman for
Commissioner Michel. "The decision to extend it [DIPECHO]
to the southwest Indian Ocean reflects an unfortunate reality:
more cyclones are occurring in that area, causing ever more
structural damage and serious flooding," Clancy said.
catastrophic flooding in 2000 left up to 800 dead; in 2007
dozens of people were killed, and the country is yet to recover
from floods in January 2008.
people died when Madagascar was hit by cyclones Fame, Jokwe and
Ivan earlier in 2008. The powerful winds, heavy rains and
flooding affected over 340,000 people, of whom 190,000 lost
Indhala, which hit Madagascar
in 2007, caused over $240 million worth of destruction,
according to CRED statistics. Altogether, there were six
cyclones in 2007 - the worst year on record - while drought in
the parched south has persisted for several years.
also hit by floods earlier this year, has turned a corner since
2005, when drought left close to five million people in need of
food aid, but the country remains particularly exposed to dry
spells and food insecurity.