Madagascar – Tropical Cyclone Ava (DG ECHO, GDACS, JTWC, Météo France, National Authorities, Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 8 January 2018)

  • Tropical cyclone AVA continued moving south along the eastern coast of the country as Tropical Storm. On 8 January at 0.00 UTC its centre was located off the eastern coast of Madagascar, 200 km north-east of Taolagnaro city (Madagascar) and 800 km south-west of La Reunion island, and it had maximum sustained winds speed of 74 km/h (Tropical Storm).

  • Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to keep moving, heading south away from Madagascar and weakening. Heavy rain, strong winds and a storm surge could still affect southern and eastern regions of Madagascar.

  • The Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) was activated (EMSR264) on 6 January at 18.12 UTC.

  • According to national authorities, as of 8 January, six people died (of which one in Amoron'i Mani, one in Analmanga, two in Atisnanana and two in Vakinankaratra), two more people went missing, three were injured, over 13 500 people were displaced and over 16 000 were left without power. Several roads and bridges have been damaged.

  • DG ECHO is following the situation and its partners on the ground are already assessing the needs. Preparedness programs put in place over the years and funded by DG ECHO have proved to be effective in reducing human suffering and losses.