Thirty-one people have been killed and 250,000 left homeless after Cyclone Giovanna devastated Madagascar.
Part of the Dioceses of Toamasina and Antananarivo in Madagascar have been destroyed by Cyclone Giovanna. The death toll, now at 31, continues to rise and the number of people homeless has reached 250,000.
The local bishop sp0ke of a "desperate" situation, whilst the primate Most Rev Ian Ernest appealed to Anglicans worldwide to help those devastated by the disaster.
Bishop Jean Paul Solo tells us that the situation is increasingly desperate, many have no place to stay and schools and church buildings are badly affected. There is no provision of basics such as drinking water or electricity. There is also fear about the possible outbreak of waterborne diseases.
Rain and wind have caused significant damage to public infrastructure and telecommunications services. Storms also cut off communication with rural areas and blocked major roads making it difficult for authorities 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.”
They are in urgent need of medicines, mosquito nets, food, tents and financial assistance. The church in Madagascar is accepting donations directly. These 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