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Madagascar: More than 200,000 People Face Starvation

Posted by feww on March 9, 2015

Exceptional drought destroys crops destroyed in southern Madagascar

Between 200,000 to 350,000 Malagasy suffer from hunger, reported AFP citing government figures.

The food has become scarce, and local officials have reported multiple cases of children dying from starvation, said the report.

The situation is currently being described as “famine,” as in 1991, when hundreds of people died of hunger in the region. “At the time, people left their villages to reach the water points and died on the way,” said an AFP reporter.

Head of  the Health center for one of the drought-stricken areas told the reporter that at least 16 children had died in two villages in December 2014.

“These children showed no signs of illness, they just lost weight progressively until death,” he said.

Meantime, flooding and landslides in the capital, Antananarivo, have killed dozens of people, leaving more than 63,000 others homeless, so far this year.


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BINGIZA Intensifies to a Cat 3A Storm

Posted by feww on February 13, 2011

Cyclone BINGIZA Strengthens to a Cat 3A Storm with Sustained Winds of About 190km/hr

Cyclone BINGIZA – IR Satellite image (NHC Enhancement). Source: CIMSS.  Click image to enlarge.

At 09:00UTC Tropical Cyclone BINGIZA (TC13S) was located about 700km ENE of ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR. The cyclone is moving westward at an average speed of about 10km/hr.


  • Cyclone Position: ~ 16.0S 52.3E
  • MAX Sustained Winds: ~ 190Km/hr
  • Winds Gusts: 240km/hr
  • Source: JTWC and others

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Posted by feww on February 12, 2011

BINGIZA to Intensify to a Cat 1 Storm

TC BINGIZA – IR Satellite image.
Source: CIMSS.  Click image to enlarge.

At 09:00UTC on February 12, TROPICAL CYCLONE BINGIZA (TC 13S) was located approx 815km (Position near 15.7ºS 53.6ºE) ENE of Antananarivo, Madagascar moving slowly southward in a weak steering environment, JTWC said.

BINGIZA is forecast to strengthen to a category 1 storm with sustained winds of near 150km/hr before making landfall.

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Disaster Update March 13

Posted by feww on March 13, 2010

Cyclone Hubert: 14 dead, 500 homes destroyed, 32,000 affected, thousands homeless

The seemingly innocuous tropical cyclone drenched Madagascar’s eastern coastline killing 14 people, destroying 500 homes and leaving 32,000 people affected, the government said on Friday.

The National Office for Risk and Catastrophe Management (BNGRC) said Hubert had also flooded thousands of other properties.

Hubert’s visible image
captured by NASA’s AIRS instrument as the storm was making a landfall, showing half of the storm is over land, and half is still over the Southern Indian Ocean on March 11, 2010. Source: NASA/JPL

Home to more than 5 percent of the world’s animal and plant species, Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island. Madagascar is rich in oil, uranium, nickel and cobalt deposits. The country has a population of 21 million with a per capita GDP of $486 ($1.28 dollars per day). About 80 percent of the population live on less than a dollar per day.

The island is located in the southwestern Indian Ocean on a cyclone path and experiences storm landfalls almost every year.

Chile Quake Aftershocks

Rancagua, Chile. Two powerful aftershocks measuring 7.2M and 7.3M struck central Chile causing significant damage in the city of Rancagua according to various reports. As of posting there were no report of fatalities, however there were reports of extensive damage to roads throughout the region where the shocks occurred.

The aftershocks prompted the closure of several ports.

“All packinghouses stopped working yesterday as employees returned home. Also, because of the tsunami alert, ports were closed for around 24 hours.” Juan Pablo Vicuna, president of Santiago-based Dole Chile S.A. reportedly told the media on March 12.

“The originally expected shipments for this week [week of March 8] will be down around 45%,” Vicuna said.

“The Port of Valparaiso, through which most Chilean fruit exports pass, reopened March 12 and was running at about 60% capacity,” an industry spokesperson said, according to a report.

There were several reports of extensive road damage, power outages and employee fears reducing capacity at several other ports by 40 to 60 percent.

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Tropical Cyclone 18S Approaches Madagascar

Posted by feww on March 10, 2010

Tropical Cyclone Hubert (18 S) Sauntering Toward  Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone Hubert  (TC 18S).
Visible/ IR Satellite Image. Source: UW-CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.

Infrared image from NASA’s Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, AIRS instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite shows the high cold clouds (blue), which are starting to band, or wrap around the cyclone’s center of circulation. (March 8 at 10:23UTC). Credit: NASA JPL

Summary of Details

  • Current Position: 20.3S 50.1E
  • Location: 340 km (~ 185 NM) ESE of Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • Movement: 270 degrees
  • Forward Speed: ~ 4 km/hr (2 kts)
  • Max Sustained Wind Speed: ~ 75 km/hr
  • Wind Gusts:  ~90 km/hr

Reunion Satellite  Image by Meteo France

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