Flash Update #3: Tropical Cyclone AVA Reaches Madagascar | 5 January 2018
• Tropical Cyclone AVA reached the north-east coast of Madagascar on 5 January.
• The system is expected to continue southward along the coast over the weekend.
• The cyclone is causing heavy rainfall and strong winds.
• The Malagasy authorities have issued red alerts for the regions of Analanjirofo, Atsinanana and Alaotra Mangoro for 4 to 5 January and Vatovavy Fitovinany for 5 to 6 January.
Tropical Cyclone AVA reached Madagascar’s northeast coast in the afternoon of 5 January. Heavy rains associated with AVA have been recorded in the north, north-east and east of the country since 3 January.
Rising water levels have been observed in the Alaotra Mangoro and Analanjirofo regions, while flooding, interruptions to communications networks and power cuts have been reported in Fokontany Ambinany (Soanierana Ivongo). Preventive evacuations began in Brickaville on 4 January.
The Malagasy authorities have issued a red alert (imminent threat) for the regions of Analanjirofo,
Atsinanana and Alaotra Mangoro for 4 to 5 January, and Vatovavy Fitovinany for 5 to 6 January. In addition, several districts remain on yellow and green alert.
The cyclone is expected to continue southward along the eastern coast of the country during the weekend, causing strong winds and heavy rains and generating a significant risk of flooding and landslides.
The Malagasy Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et Catastrophes (BNGRC)/ National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) is monitoring the situation closely and has activated its Operational Center (CERVO). The BNGRC/NDMO is coordinating the response with partners and has deployed teams to East Fenerive (Analanjirofo region), Brickaville (Atsinanana region) and Manakara (Vatovavy Fitovinany region). The BNGRC is also disseminating key information to the population via local authorities, local radio and television networks and community-level communication through volunteers and megaphones. Humanitarian supplies were pre-positioned in 29 districts across the country—including those expected to be affected by Tropical Cyclone AVA—ahead of the cyclone season to support any required response.