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EU commits aid to "invisible victims"

[Madagascar] Nutritional emergency in the South Eastern Region - region just north of the Anosy Region where UNICEF is supporting a therapeutic and supplementary feeding operation.
Jeremie Toussaint/OCHA
Recurrent droughts in Africa have pushed mortality rates up

The Indian Ocean Islands of the Comoros and Madagascar are to receive Euro 1.1 million (US $1.3 million) in relief aid from the European Union (EU). EU Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel, said in a statement that "millions of vulnerable people in Africa are exposed to natural disasters like droughts, floods and insect infestations as well as armed conflicts" that rarely made headlines in the western media. He added that these "silent tsunamis ... still lead to great suffering". Comoros will be allocated Euro 600,000 ($711,000) to help restore access to safe drinking water for an estimated 175,000 people. The emergency humanitarian aid will be used for the cleaning and rehabilitation of village water tanks that were polluted by ash and debris following the Karthala volcano eruption on 24 November. Madagascar will receive Euro 500,000 ($600,000) to aid about 150,000 people suffering severe malnutrition in the southern Vangaindrano district that was affected by repeated floods, insect infestations and drought. The aid will include food, water and sanitation facilities, agricultural inputs and logistical support.

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