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Mar 27, 2017
Category: Cyclone Enawo
Posted by: bexplumb

When the HoverAid team reached Antanandava across flooded rice paddies and through villages lying knee deep in mud, we were greeted with a paradox. A panorama of chaos and yet calm, order and positivity prevailed. Picking through the piles of shattered timber a mother and her young child gather muddied clothes. A young man, his grin missing several teeth, washes bark floorboards in the river. An older lady engulfed in plumes of dust scoops salvages rice husks from the wreckage of a grain store.  

The scene is testament to Malagasy resilience. Over the coming weeks HoverAid will work alongside the people of Antanandava, within the local networks and economies, as they find their feet once more. Our mission is to enable this courageous spirit rather than supplant it.  

Mar 19, 2017
Category: Cyclone Enawo
Posted by: bexplumb
 
Antanandava is a community of 450 people, it is no longer a village of 90 huts because most of them were taken by the river as it rose following the passage of Cyclone Enawo. HoverAid's survey team were the first people from outside the community to get through.

Thanks to your support HoverAid is now helping with water, food, and shelter - this is a community shattered; thanks to your support we will do all we can to help them rebuild.
Mar 15, 2017
Category: Cyclone Enawo
Posted by: bexplumb
Our team has arrived in the cyclone affected zone in Madagascar. The main road from the capital has had over a hundred landslides and thousands of people are clearing debris. Peter, Tantely, and James are now pushing north from Moramanga towards Ambatondrazaka on Lac Alaotra an area we understand was badly affected by the cyclone and the deluge of rain it dropped.

As of this morning our emergency appeal has raised over £12,000 towards our target of £25,000. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has given - we will give you more details of how your money will be used to help those in desperate need in the coming days once we have completed the initial survey. We are doing all we can as quickly as we can - Thank you for supporting .
Mar 11, 2017
Category: Cyclone Enawo
Posted by: bexplumb
The impact of Cyclone Enawo is only beginning to become apparent - this photo from yesterday shows the only road between the capital city Antananarivo and the main port for the whole country in Tamatave on the east coast severed by landslides. This is Madagascar's main trading route and all of Antananarivo's vehicle fuel and oil for power stations comes up this road.

Our plans are changing - we expect to get an update from the local Mayor of Mampikony in the North later today, but out colleagues at MAF-Madagascar have highlighted an area nearer to Antananarivo which is severely affected: Josh Plett one of MAF's pilots reporting what he saw from several thousand feet said simply "A lot of water...the whole valley from Moramanga up towards Ambatondrazaka is under water."
Mar 10, 2017
Category: Cyclone Enawo
Posted by: bexplumb
News is beginning to filter in on social media from affected areas, however the vast majority of the North of Madagascar is currently uncontactable hence the urgent requirement for survey teams to physically reach areas and speak to communities.

HoverAid Madagascar Country Director Peter van Buuren and the Tana team have been gathering as much information as they can to make sure our response is as efficiently targeted as possible. Today (Friday 10th March) we have allowed office staff to go and visit their families locally and make sure they are ok; the workshop team however are flat out getting vehicles prepared.
Mar 9, 2017
Category: Cyclone Enawo
Posted by: bexplumb
 
Cyclone Enawo made landfall in Madagascar on Tuesday as a Category 4 cylone, killing three students, and remained centred in the north of the island over much of the ensuing 24 hours dropping a vast amount of rainfall. The main focus of NGO attention is in the North East and around the town of Maroansetra. This can be reached by boat along the coast however the main RN5 road has been washed away.

HoverAid will instead be focussing on the North West which is receiving far less attention. Two towns in particular look extremely vulnerable to flooding as water flows down off the mountains over the coming days: Mampikony and Befandriana are both located on flood plains and received the worst of the cyclone rainfall.
Mar 8, 2017
Category: Cyclone Enawo
Posted by: bexplumb
We need to help the people of Madagascar now as Cyclone Enawo is wreaking havoc across the country.

PLEASE GIVE NOW TO HELP

Enawo made landfall yesterday as a Category 4 cyclone (gusts of 145mph) however the real issue is not the wind it is the rain. This is one of the wettest storms ever recorded, and has the potential to drop vast amounts of water across the mountainous heart and low eastern plateau of the country. 
Mar 7, 2017
Category: Cyclone Enawo
Posted by: bexplumb
HoverAid is preparing to help deal with the aftermath of the largest tropical cyclone that Madagascar has seen in the past 5 years.

Tropical Cyclone Enawo has made landfall in northeast Madagascar. It is expected to batter the east coast and central plateau with winds of 145 miles per hour and gusts of up to 175 miles per hour with the potential to cause major wind damage, storm surges, significant floods and destruction.  The storm is expected to last until the end of week, and the people of Madagascar are being told to seek shelter in stronger buildings and store their drinking water as quickly as they can.
Oct 11, 2013
Category: Madagascar
Posted by: bexplumb
Madagascar Volunteer Trip in Septermber 2014 - September 12th to October 3rd 


Jun 20, 2013
Category: General
Posted by: bexplumb
Find out what your pound power is - the power you have with your money and what you do with it.
Jun 19, 2013
Category: General
Posted by: bexplumb
Ankavandra MMS Report: 190 consultations, 4 major surgeries, 13 micro surgeries, 30 circumcision's, 40 dental patients and 10 ECHO.
Feb 28, 2012
Category: Madagascar
Posted by: Andy
Following cyclones Giovanna and Irina Hoveraid's team identified two bridges in Ankavandra which have been washed away - we plan to rebuild them.
Feb 16, 2012
Category: Madagascar
Posted by: Andy
The east coast town of Brickaville appears to have taken the worst of Cyclone Giovanna with many buildings damaged, however the main road to the port of Tamatave (Taomasina) appears passable.

Flooding in Madagascar

Feb 15, 2012
Category: Madagascar
Posted by: Andy

First reports from Madagascar's east coast are that 70% of houses in the region of the town Vatomandry have been destroyed.

Flooding in Madagascar

Feb 14, 2012
Category: Madagascar
Posted by: Andy

Cyclone Giovanna has made landfall as a very intense cyclone in the region of Brickaville on the east coast.

Reuters are reporting that Taomasina (Tamatave) the country's main port is deserted and power has failed. Electricity has also been cut to the capital Antananarivo.

Latest Alertnet article here

Latest BBC News here

Feb 13, 2012
Category: Madagascar
Posted by: Andy

Earth's most dangerous storm of 2012 is Tropical Cyclone Giovanna, which is bearing down on Madagascar as a powerful Category 4 storm with 145 mph winds.

Cyclone Giovanna off the coast of Madagascar
Feb 12, 2012
Category: Madagascar
Posted by: Andy
Cyclone Giovanna is anticipated to strike Madagascar in 36 hours as a major category three storm affecting tens of thousands of people.
Jan 25, 2012
Category: General
Posted by: Andy
Cyclone Funso is predicted to head south sparing Mozambique and Madagascar the effects of this very powerful storm. See the latest MET office report click here
Jan 24, 2012
Category: General
Posted by: Andy

Cyclone Funso is now a category 4 storm - latest Nasa image from Weather Underground:

Jan 23, 2012
Category: General
Posted by: Andy
A large Category 3 cyclone is expected to cause up to 1 metre of rainfall over Mozambique and Madagascar this week. See this BBC Report Click Here
Jan 19, 2012
Category: General
Posted by: Andy

Tropical Storm Funso is predicted to reach cyclone status within the next 48 hours and make landfall on the Mozambique coast shortly afterwards. We are watching the situation closely.

Jan 11, 2012
Category: Madagascar
Posted by: Andy

Over 250mm of rain has fallen in some areas and there is more to follow.

The UK Met office is showing rainfall of over 250mm with the potential for flooding.

BBC REPORT

 

Nov 1, 2011
Category: UK
Posted by: bexplumb
HoverAid have been busy this year with School and Church visits - and we can come to you!
Nov 1, 2011
Category: General
Posted by: bexplumb
15 UK volunteers went out to Madagascar to help with HoverAid's work
Jun 29, 2011
Category: Madagascar
Posted by: Andy

Hoveraid Madagascar has openned a new base in Beroroha on the Mangoky River.

May 10, 2011
Category: UK
Posted by: Andy
HoverAid UK has a new look website - we think it's great.
May 3, 2011
Category: Madagascar
Posted by: Andy
A team of specialist eye surgeons are currently in Beroroha as part of HoverAid's Mad Medical Safari.
Feb 14, 2011
Category: Madagascar
Posted by: Andy
Tropical Cyclone Bingiza roared ashore over Northern Madagascar early today as a dangerous Category 3 hurricane with 115 mph winds.
Feb 13, 2011
Category: Madagascar
Posted by: Andy
Cyclone Bingiza is bearing down on Madagascar following heavy rains in recent weeks.
Feb 4, 2011
Category: Mozambique
Posted by: Andy
Kariba Dam opens flood gates, Cahora Bassa Dam expected to open on Feb 4th.
Mar 15, 2010
Category: Mozambique
Posted by: Andy
BBC New footage of Kariba Dam shows two sluice gates have been opened discharging the equivalent of nearly two olympic swimming pools of water every second.
Mar 12, 2010
Category: Mozambique
Posted by: Andy
News agencies are reporting that a red alert has been issued by the Mozambican Government as the dams at Kariba and Cahora Bassa on the Zambezi river open their flood gates to relieve the pressure behind the dam walls.
Mar 2, 2010
Category: Mozambique
Posted by: Andy
HoverAid Supporters have raised over £35,000 in response to the appeal we launched in December.
Feb 8, 2010
Category: Madagascar
Posted by: Andy
HoverAid's Mad Medical Safari team treated over 450 patients in two isolated villages.
Dec 14, 2009
Category: Mozambique
Posted by: Andy

Andy Mayo and Peter Gunner travelled to Mozambique recently and met the Mozambican government department responsible for disaster relief - and in particular flood response.

Oct 8, 2009
Category: Madagascar
Posted by: Andy
Klaas-Jan de Koning reports on the latest Mad Medical Safari expedition to Ankavandra in Western Madagascar
Sep 8, 2009
Category: Madagascar
Posted by: Andy
Latest Mad Medical Safari works along Makay river
Jan 22, 2009
Category: Madagascar
Posted by: Andy
Madagascar is currently under the influence of not one, but two tropical cyclones, one off its west coast and one off its east coast.
Jul 8, 2008
Category: Madagascar
Posted by: Andy
The Mad Medical Safari has seen the largest team of doctors yet reaching villages along the Mangoky river, providing medical and surgical care for communities where there is currently little or no meaningful health service.