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Cyclone ravaged Madagascar appeals for help

Cyclone ravaged Madagascar appeals for help


The Anglican Communion News Service has issued a plea from Archbishop Ian Ernest of the Province of the Indian Ocean for assistance in relief and re-development:

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 spoke 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

Address for donations at link.

Episcopal Relief and Development Disaster Fund is another resource for sending aid.

UPDATE from Episcopal Relief and Development

Please keep in prayer all those impacted by yesterday’s deadly storms and tornadoes in the Midwest and South. We’ve reached out to dioceses in affected areas and are standing by to assist. Additionally, we’re in contact with partner churches in Madagascar in the wake of Cyclone Giovanna, which has killed 31 and left 250,000 homeless. Please also pray for this situation, which Bp. Jean Paul Solo calls “desperate.”


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