Cyclone Enawo batters Madagascar as most powerful storm in 13 years

On March 7th a Cyclone named Enawo with wind speeds equal to a category 4 hurricane hit Madagascar. The wind speed estimated 145 mph and the heavy rain from this storm has caused severe flooding along the coastline. According to the GDACS this storm has a severity class 1 meaning there is a large flood event with significant damage to structures or agriculture and fatalities will occur. After researching the names of the areas impacted by this cyclone, they appear to be in very poor, undeveloped areas of Madagascar. Most of these areas have inadequate water supplies, extremely poor infrastructure and large populations which makes these areas extremely vulnerable to natural disasters, pre and post disaster.

The following description is from the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System from the start of the storm and as of March 13th:

Description: Tropical Cyclone ENAWO made landfall over north-eastern Madagascar on 7 March and then moved west south-west over land and towards the southern areas, crossing the country. Severe weather, including heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge, has been affecting the country, causing casualties and damage. As of 13 March, the Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et des Catastrophes (BNGRC) of Madagascar reported that the death toll has reached at least 50 people. They also reported 20 people missing, 195 people injured, 84 660 people displaced. The most affected regions due to strong winds, heavy rain and storm surge are Sava, Analamanga, Analanjirofo and Atsinanana. The Copernicus EMS was activated on 7 March. As of 13 March, the numbers of deaths and displaced people are those attributed to all effects of Tropical Cyclon ENAWO, not only to the connected flood events.


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  1. This story unfortunately reminds me a lot of hurricane Katrina because that a category 5 hurricane but also hit the more under developed areas. When doing a little more research into this natural disaster it appears the government did try to prepare by evacuating people from low lying areas and provided supplies but the biggest problem was that many structures were built poorly due to being a more under developed country. A lot of damage occurred and now the government is asking for “892,325 Swiss francs and and initial loan of 150,000 Swiss Francs…”, hoping to restore the country in approximately eight months. It is also interesting because the website I found this information at goes into the areas in which they would like to repair right away. They stated that their goals are: “Health, sanitation, water, hygiene and shelter for those 25,000 lives affected.

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