UN, AfDB Earmark Assistance for Madagascar

    Some 190,000 people in Madagascar's rural southern regions will benefit from $6.45 million in aid from the

    . The World Food Program, UNICEF, Food and Agricultural Organization, and U.N. Population Fund will administer the assistance to help address urgent needs of people affected by drought, cyclones, and political unrest. Of the sum, $3.8 million will be spent for WFP's three-month programs seeking to reduce malnutrition and mortality rates while UNICEF will use $1.5 million to provide emergency water and sanitation supplies and help local authorities monitor emergency safe water interventions. Meanwhile, the

    will also grant $1 million in emergency humanitarian aid to Madagascar. The sum is allotted for the rehabilitation of the the Bas Mangoky irrigated perimeter levee.

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      Ma. Rizza Leonzon

      As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.