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09 Feb 2017 description
  • Tropical Cyclone CARLOS continued moving west south-west over the south-west Indian Ocean, slightly weakening, but remaining a Tropical Storm. On 8 February, its centre was located approximately 300 km south south-west of the south-western coast of La Reunion (France).

  • Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to continue moving south-west, strengthening. As of 8 February, Meteo France-La Reunion has issued an Orange Alert for heavy rain and strong winds, and a Cyclone Alert for the whole island.

07 Feb 2017 description


• TC CARLOS continued moving westsouthwest over the south-west Indian Ocean, remaining a Tropical Storm. On 7 February at 0.00 UTC, its center was located approx. 174 km north-northwest of Port Louis capital (Mauritius island) and 210 km north north-east of La Réunion (France). It had max. sustained winds speed of 83 km/h.

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.

11 Feb 2016 description
  • A new Tropical Cyclone, DAYA, formed over the south-western Indian Ocean between Madagascar and La Reunion on 10 February and started moving south, slightly strengthening.
  • Heavy rains affected eastern Madagascar, as well as the islands of La Reunion and Mauritius over the last few days. Approx. 100 mm of rain in 24 h were observed in Saint-Denis (La Reunion) and 111 mm in Vacoas (Mauritius) over 9-10 February. In the island of Mauritius, according to local media, several homes and roads were flooded, especially in the northern areas, displacing hundreds of people.
10 Mar 2015 description


• HALIBA passed south of La Reunion over 9-10 March, as a Tropical Storm, causing heavy rain and winds. Then it turned south, weakening into a Tropical Depression, and it started moving away from land, over the Indian Ocean.

• As of 10 March morning, a warning for heavy rainfall was still in effect in Mauritius (National Meteorological Service of Mauritius), and for some areas of La Reunion (Meteo-France La Reunion).

10 Mar 2015 description

En déplacement en Polynésie française, George PAU-LANGEVIN, Ministre des Outre-mer, se tient informée heure par heure de l’évolution de la trajectoire de la tempête tropicale « Haliba ». Les dernières informations sont globalement rassurantes malgré l’intensité des intempéries.

13 Jan 2015 description


• Tropical Cyclone BANSI formed in the south-west Indian Ocean on 11 January and started moving southeast and then east, significantly strengthening. On 12 January at 6.00 UTC it had max. sustained winds of 185 km/h and its centre was located over sea, approx. 355 km north-west of the island of Mauritius.

18 Nov 2014 description

Tropical Storm Adjali:

Tropical Storm Adjali is forecast to move in a south-westerly direction towards north-east Madagascar. However, for the forecast period of 18 to 23 November, Adjali is expected to decrease in strength and remain a significant distance from any populated area. OCHA is monitoring the situation and will issue updates as required.

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.

21 Apr 2014 description

St Louis, St Paul, Le Port et l’Etang Salé reçoivent un avis favorable de la commission interministérielle des catastrophes naturelles

La ministre des Outre-mer, George Pau-Langevin, prend acte et salue la décision rendue le 15 avril par la commission interministérielle des catastrophes naturelles concernant les communes de St Louis, St Paul, Le Port et l’Etang Salé de l’ile de la Réunion.

06 Jan 2014 description

Indian Ocean - Tropical Cyclone BEJISA (COGIC)

  • As a result of the passage of Cyclone Bejisa, in the island La Reunion, there are around 131 000 homes without electricity, 49% of population without access to drinking water.

  • Air traffic is gradually coming back to normal after the Saint-Denis airport has been reopened on Friday morning.

  • The number of victims remains unchanged: one fatality, two serious injuries, 15 minor injuries.

03 Jan 2014 description

Victorin LUREL à La Réunion, samedi 4 janvier, après le passage du cyclone Bejisa

Après le passage du cyclone Bejisa, le ministre des Outre-mer, Victorin LUREL, arrivera sur l’île de La Réunion ce samedi à 9h20 (heure locale), accompagné de nouveaux renforts de militaires des formations de la Sécurité civile mis à la disposition du préfet de La Réunion par le ministère de l’Intérieur.

02 Jan 2014 description

INDIAN OCEAN – Tropical Cyclone BEJISA

  • BEJISA passed close to the French island of La Reunion on 2 January, affecting this island and the island of Mauritius with heavy rains and strong winds.
  • La Reunion: 1 dead, 16 people injured (two of them seriously), power outages (over 170 000 people), water and telecommunication disruptions.
  • After passing La Reunion it started turning southwest, weakening. In the next 48 h it is forecast to continue moving south-west weakening further.

BOLIVIA – Severe Weather

02 Jan 2014 description

• Tropical Cyclone BEJISA continues moving south-east, close to the French island of La Réunion, in the southern Indian Ocean.

• On 2 January, 06:00 UTC, BEJISA’s centre was located approx. 120km north-west of La Réunion and had maximum sustained wind speed of 204km/h.

04 Dec 2013 description

By Andy McElroy

GENEVA, 4 December 2013 – Indian Ocean states are taking important steps to strengthen their individual and collective disaster risk management.

Six islands – the Union of the Comoros, France/Reunion Island, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Zanzibar – are working to establish and manage disaster loss databases.

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


  • 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.

04 Jan 2013 description

Le ministre des Outre-mer, Victorin Lurel, adresse au nom du gouvernement un message de solidarité aux Réunionnaises et aux Réunionnais après le passage du cyclone Dumile aux abords de l’île de La Réunion ce jeudi.

Le ministre s’est tenu informé heure par heure de l’évolution de la situation par les autorités préfectorales. Il s’est entretenu jeudi soir avec des élus réunionnais qui lui ont communiqué des informations globalement rassurantes malgré la violence du phénomène.