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Affected countries: Madagascar
Madagascar has been experiencing a measles outbreak since early October 2018. The outbreak started in the urban health district of Antananarivo Renivohitra (in the heart of the capital city, Antanarivo) on 4 October 2018 when three measles cases were confirmed at the Pasteur Institute of Madagascar…
Affected countries: Madagascar
On 19 August 2018, one suspected case of bubonic plague was reported in Ankazobe, Analamanga region. Subsequently, suspected pneumonic and bubonic cases have been reported in endemic and non-endemic areas of Madagascar. From 19 August to 20 September 2018, 15 cases including 5 deaths have been…
Affected countries: Madagascar
Severe drought conditions during southern Madagascar’s rainy season from November 2017 to April 2018 has led to nearly dry dams in many parts of the south. This dryness has affected livestock’s access to water and pastureland, which has led to poor livestock body conditions as many are…
Affected countries: Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion (France)
Since the first week of January 2018, Mauritius has been experiencing heavy rainfall over the island (over 2,000mm) within one week. On Saturday 13 January 2018, a cyclone warning Class 1 was issued for the Rodrigues due to the presence of a tropical disturbance near the island. The tropical…
Affected countries: Madagascar, Réunion (France)
Madagascar is on alert following the identification of a low weather pressure system off the north-east coast of the country, which is expected to strengthen in the southwestern Indian Ocean basin. The weather system is already causing weather disturbances in northern Madagascar and on the islands…
Affected countries: Madagascar
On 13 September 2017, the WHO was notified of an outbreak of pulmonary plague in Madagascar. The outbreak was detected on 11 September 2017. As of 14 September 2017, a total of 28 cases, including five deaths (case fatality rate 17.8%) have been reported since the initial case was detected on 27…
Affected countries: Madagascar
On March 8, Enawo weakened from an “intense” to a “moderate” tropical storm...The northeastern Sava region has sustained significant damage to housing and agriculture. Antalaha port is inaccessible and more than half of the city’s homes have been destroyed...Farahalana commune is flooded…
Reports from the Zambia Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit indicate that as of 9 January 2017, close to 130,000 ha planted to maize had been affected by a severe outbreak of the Fall Armyworm, which is new to the southern African region. Of the affected area, over 68,000 ha may require…
Early warning signs provide alarming indications of looming significant food supply shortages that are likely to impact on the next marketing season. The rains experienced in late March and early April provided some relief to livestock farmers, but arrived too late for both staple foods and cash…
Affected countries: Madagascar
From 5 Jan 2015 onward, pressure from the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone caused continuous rainfall, leading to flooding across Madagascar, with the capital city of Antananarivo (in Grand Tana) among the areas that have been worst affected. Tropical storm Chedza made landfall over Madagascar on 16…
Affected countries: Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Heavy seasonal rainfall starting in December 2014 has caused flooding in Southern Africa. As of 16 Jan 2015, 135,000 people had been affected in Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar and Zimbabwe. (OCHA, 16 Jan 2015) The Southern Region of Malawi received 400% higher rains than usual (compared to the…
Affected countries: Comoros, Madagascar, Mozambique
In northern Mozambique, the weather system that would eventually become Tropical Cyclone Hellen caused heavy rains between 23 and 27 Mar 2014, affecting an estimated 1,929 households (9,645 people) in Cabo Delgado Province. Most affected households moved in with host families, and only the most…
Affected countries: Madagascar
The plague of the Malagasy Migratory Locust began in April 2012 in Madagascar, in a context where food insecurity and malnutrition rates were already high. Given the extent of the plague, it was estimated that the food security of about 13 million people (60 percent of the population) could be…
Affected countries: Madagascar
Tropical Cyclone Haruna made landfall over the south-west coast of Madagascar on 22 Feb 2013 as a powerful category 2 cyclone. Before hitting Madagascar, Haruna vacillated for seven days in the Mozambique Channel, bringing above-normal rainfall to the western coast of Madagascar. More than 230% of…
Affected countries: Madagascar, Seychelles
On 27 and 28 Jan 2013, the eastern coast of the Seychelles main island of Mahe was devastated by tropical depression Feleng and the island La Digue was severely affected. Approximately 1,000 families were affected by floods and landslides. 246 families were registered as displaced after their…
Affected countries: Madagascar, Mozambique
Less than two weeks after being battered by Cyclone Giovanna, another violent storm has swept over Madagascar, killing 72 people and leaving 70,000 homeless, according to the National Disaster Risk Management Agency. Tropical storm Irina brought heavy rains, especially in the southeast of the…
Affected countries: Madagascar
Tropical cyclone Giovanna made landfall on the eastern coast of Madagascar on 14 February as a category 4 tropical cyclone (UNCT, 14 Feb 2012). Twelve days after the passing of cyclone Giovanna, 28 deaths have been reported, while the number of people injured is estimated at 118. To date, around…
Affected countries: Madagascar
Cyclone Bingiza hit Madagascar on 14 Feb 2011, leaving a trail of destruction in Mananara, Mandritsara, Soalala, Vohipeno, Farafangana and Vangaindrano districts. Heavy rains, flooding and strong winds left 14 people dead, 8 missing, 64 wounded and about 80,000 persons affected. Several houses in…
In Namibia, heavy rains which started in late 2010 and intensified in January and February 2011 led to flash floods which affected approximately 500,000 people in the southern, north and north eastern regions. Of these affected, up to 60,000 people were displaced, an estimated 111 deaths were…
Affected countries: Madagascar
On 10 Mar 2010, Cyclone Hubert hit the East Coast of Madagascar. The moderate cyclone was accompanied by heavy rainfall, which caused flooding in seven districts namely Nosy Varika, Mananjary, Manakara, Vohipeno, Farafangana, Vangaindrano (south east) and Ambatondrazaka (middle east) districts…