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China provides emergency aid to victims of cyclone Giovanna in Madagascar

(Xinhua)

08:55, March 14, 2012

ANTANANARIVO, March 13 (Xinhua) -- China on Tuesday provided emergency assistance to victims of cyclone Giovanna in rural town of Tanjombato, south of capital Antananarivo, through its embassy in Madagascar and Chinese associations in the island country.

A total of 361 people from 72 families in this rural community benefited the donation, including white rice, oil and bean, blankets, buckets and school kits for students.

These associations include among others the Friends Club of China, the Association of Chinese companies in Madagascar and the Associations of Chinese vendors, who work closely with the Office of the Economic and Commercial under the Chinese Embassy in Madagascar and the Chinese Embassy itself.

In his speech, the Tanjombato mayor Rakotondrabe Maurice thanked China for its generous cooperation with poor countries as Madagascar and its solidarity following the passage of cyclone Giovanna in Tanjombato.

"Your precious altruistic assistance benefits us socially," he told the representatives of associations. "These donations will assist victims whose living conditions are precarious in their well-being and strengthen the close relationship with China and Madagascar, which has steadily increased until today," he said.

Wang Hongwei, president of the association of Chinese companies in Madagascar, said the Chinese Embassy in the country attaches great importance to this operation because the two countries have maintained a close relationship and deep friendship.

He said Chinese companies thrive in Madagascar and the island country is like their second homeland. The Sino-Malagasy relationship has been maintained for a long time and continues from generation to generation, Mr. Wang added.

Cyclone Giovanna killed 35 people and left 284 others injured and 246,869 homeless from Feb. 13 to Feb. 13, according to the latest report from the national office of risks and disasters management (BNGRC) Monday evening.

Madagascar enters in the cyclone season from Nov. 15 to April 30 of each year. Cyclone Geralda which swept through the island country in February 1994, was the last cyclone category 4 before Giovanna. Geralda killed 231 people. Last year, Cyclone Bingiza killed at least 34 people and left 216,000 homeless, in 2010 tropical storm Hubert killed at least 83 people and left nearly 187,000 homeless.

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