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02 Nov 2017 description

This year plague came early to Madagascar and spread quickly. When it began to move out from the areas where it traditionally occurs, people became increasingly alarmed – both within the island nation and in neighbouring territories and countries.

From August to late October 2017, more than 1800 suspected, probable or confirmed plague cases were reported, resulting in 127 deaths. This outbreak is unusually severe, and there are still five more months to go before the end of the plague season.

20 Oct 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

A plague outbreak in Madagascar has raised concern in neighbouring countries. As of 12 October, a total of 684 cases (suspected, probable and confirmed) including 57 deaths (CFR 8.3%) have been reported from 35 out of 114 districts. Of these 474 were clinically classified as pneumonic plague.

The Madagascar Ministry of Health (MoH) reported caseload on 16 October was 805 (confirmed and suspected) with 74 deaths.

05 Sep 2016 description

By Brigitte Leoni

PORT VICTORIA, Seychelles, 5 September 2016 - Memories of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which claimed some 230,000 lives, will be revived this week as 24 countries take part in one of the largest tsunami simulations ever staged.

13 Sep 2014 description

The Tsunami Warning System established under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in the Indian Ocean following the December 2004 disaster is functioning effectively. This was demonstrated in a simulation exercise conducted on 9 and 10 September 2014, with the participation of 24 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim*.

According to the preliminary results of the simulated alert, all of the participating countries received timely tsunami advisory messages, and no delays were reported.

10 Apr 2013 description
report UN News Service

9 April 2013 – The international community is losing vast amounts of agricultural production due to the effects of continuing land degradation such as desertification, a new United Nations study has warned, adding that without sustainable land management, development initiatives the world over will be stymied.

10 Jan 2013 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Above normal rainfall is expected for the remainder of the season.

  • Dry conditions in late 2012 have led to late planting, raising concerns that agricultural production could be negatively impacted.

  • Localized storm damage has been reported in Malawi, Angola, Zambia and Mozambique.

  • A Cholera outbreak has hit Zambia.

  • Madagascar has declared an emergency to address the locust invasion threatening food security in the south.

26 Feb 2007 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

JOHANNESBURG, 26 February 2007 (IRIN) - Madagascar is bracing for yet another cyclone as "Gamede" it makes its way across the Indian Ocean.

18 Jul 2003 description

Data Source: Food and Agriculture Organisation