|The people of Madagascar were struggling to recover from Cyclone Giovanna when a second tropical storm,
Irina, took them by surprise last month. With nearly a quarter of the island’s population living in poverty,
these two storms made things worse.
In addition to causing more than 100 deaths, the storms ripped through homes and destroyed the few possessions families owned.
who now lack even the basics: food, clean water and shelter.
He told CARE about the night Cyclone Giovanna tore through his district,
“We saw a part of our roof blown away by the storm and our house collapsed after that.”
— not homes, stores or crops — but Jackie is thankful he and his family did.
Today, many people in his town are in a dire situation.
People are facing hunger as their food was blown or washed away and they’re living in inadequate,
temporary shelters that do little to protect them from the elements.
preventing urgent delivery of emergency response services.
Flooding and broken infrastructure also threaten to increase the spread of waterborne diseases like cholera and malaria.
However, much remains to be done before Jackie and his family can resume their normal lives.
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resources and education they can use to help lift themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty for good.