The UN’s World Food Programme has urgently requested $35 million to fund lifesaving food and cash distributions and malnutrition treatment programs, while the UN and the Malagasy government jointly launched a “flash appeal” for $75.9 million in international aid to improve access to food, water, and medical care for 1.27 million people affected by drought in Southern Madagascar. This as Mongabay reports that Southern Madagascar, which entered the present period of desiccation about 3,000 years ago, now appears to be trapped in a deteriorating cycle of drought, poverty, deforestation, and erosion, with increasingly frequent tiomenas, or violent red winds, exacerbating the already uncertain existence there.