UN / MADAGASCAR

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United Nations spokesperson Florencia Soto Nino-Martinez said hundreds of thousands of people in Madagascar, “continue to suffer from one of the worst droughts the southern region of the country has faced in more than 40 years,” leaving “at least 1.31 million people—nearly two in every five people in the Grand Sud — severely food insecure.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 22 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

22 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson Florencia Soto Nino-Martinez walks up to podium
3. Med shot, journalist
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Florencia Soto Nino-Martinez, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“In Madagascar, hundreds of thousands of people continue to suffer from one of the worst droughts the southern region of the country has faced in more than 40 years. The severe lack of rains and sandstorms have made it nearly impossible for farmers to grow their own food, leaving at least 1.31 million people—nearly two in every five people in the Grand Sud — severely food insecure.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Florencia Soto Nino-Martinez, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“And since the beginning of the year, donors have generously provided more than 40 million dollars, enabling humanitarian partners to reach 800,000 people with desperately needed and life-saving assistance. However, the Flash Appeal which is now being revised is just 53 percent funded as of the end of May. We call on the international community to step up their support to aid organizations in the country and provide more funding to save lives and alleviate suffering in the Grand Sud.”
7. Wide shot, end of briefing

STORYLINE:

United Nations spokesperson Florencia Soto Nino-Martinez today (22 Jul) said hundreds of thousands of people in Madagascar, “continue to suffer from one of the worst droughts the southern region of the country has faced in more than 40 years,” leaving “at least 1.31 million people—nearly two in every five people in the Grand Sud — severely food insecure.”

Soto Nino-Martinez told journalists that “the severe lack of rains and sandstorms have made it nearly impossible for farmers to grow their own food.”

Since the beginning of the year, she said, “donors have generously provided more than 40 million dollars, enabling humanitarian partners to reach 800,000 people with desperately needed and life-saving assistance. However, the Flash Appeal which is now being revised is just 53 percent funded as of the end of May.”

The spokesperson called on the international community “to step up their support to aid organizations in the country and provide more funding to save lives and alleviate suffering in the Grand Sud.”

The UN Resident Coordinator for Madagascar, Issa Sanogo, recently visited the Grand Sud region with Government officials to see the situation first-hand, and said that where joint interventions have taken place, results are promising. However, needs will rise further as we enter the lean season if urgent action is not taken now.
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