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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Madagascar

07 May 2021

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Drought has destroyed the livelihoods of people in southern Madagascar. © WFP/Tsiory Andriantsoarana

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 7 May 2021

Madagascar

The humanitarian crisis in the Grand Sud – which is experiencing its most acute drought in four decades – is deteriorating rapidly. More than 1.1 million people, or two in every five people, are severely food insecure. The situation is expected to deteriorate in the months ahead.

Alarmingly, in Amboasary Atsimo district, about 75 per cent of the population is facing severe hunger, with nearly 14,000 people catastrophically food insecure (IPC 5) and in famine-like condition.

The number of children admitted for treatment for life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in the first quarter of 2021 was four times the five-year average.

The United Nations, together with its humanitarian partners, is scaling up response, but more resources are urgently needed to save lives.

The Flash Appeal for Madagascar, launched in January, called for US$76 million to support more than 1 million people, but it is only 22 per cent funded so far.

The UN urgently calls on the international community to provide additional funding.