Madagascar was hit by a cyclone and there has been heavy flooding and landslides. (Photo Credit: Twitter/Andry Rajoelina)
Acknowledging India’s assistance during severe floods and landslides, President of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina on Wednesday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for standing with and supporting the Malagasy people. Rajoelina took to Twitter to post, “Thank you Prime Minister @narendramodi and Defence Minister @rajnathsingh for standing with the Malagasy people and for your support during the time of heavy flooding in #Madagascar.”
India had earlier sent relief supplies to cyclone-hit Madagascar using its naval ship INS Airavat. India was the early responder to the natural disaster that hit the island nation.
“INS Airavat delivers relief supplies to cyclone-hit #Madagascar. #SAGAR Policy at work - India as an early responder,” External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had said in a tweet.
Madagascar was hit by a cyclone and there has been heavy flooding and landslides since last month, causing loss of lives and displacement of a number of people. According to reports, more than 92,000 people have been affected.
According to a study, the combined effects of climate change and deforestation could decimate Madagascar’s eastern rainforest habitat by 2070, impacting thousands of plants, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians endemic to the island nation, according to a study.
Madagascar—a biodiversity hotspot where 80 to 90 per cent of animal and plant species are exclusive to the area—has been devasted by decades of deforestation and over-harvesting, according to the researchers from the City University of New York (CUNY) in the US.
(With PTI inputs)