Category Three Bingiza Hits Madagascar

Source Jeff Masters, Weather Underground: Recent microwave imagery from NASA’s TRMM satellite shows that Bingza had a large region of heavy rains of 0.4 – 0.7 inches per hour in the eyewall and inner spiral bands at landfall. Rainfall amounts of up to 8 inches are being predicted along Bingza’s path over northern Madagascar for the coming 24 hours…

Category Three Cyclone Heads for Madagascar

We are monitoring the situation as we expect the cyclone will cross the north of the country and drop significant amounts of rainfall on the North Western Manambolo system where we have a hovercraft stationed. Floods in Mozambique are imminent too and the cyclone season is likley to affect the mainland in the coming weeks,…

Mozambique update

Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) While rainfall eased last week in parts of southern Africa, heavy rains continued in central Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, western Botswana and northern Namibia. Southern Madagascar, which has been experiencing drought, and northwestern Angola also received substantial rainfall. Rainfall was below average across parts of…

Mozambique update – Dams open flood gates130,000 people affected

JOHANNESBURG, 11 March 2010 (IRIN) – Rivers throughout central and northern Mozambique are swollen above flood alert level and thousands of people have been relocated to higher ground. After weeks of torrential rain in Mozambique and its regional southern African neighbours, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) indicated that 130,000 people were living…

Mozambique Appeal raises £35,000

A number of grant making trusts have also supported the appeal which has meant we’ve been able to secure a Griffon hovercraft which will be suitable for use in Mozambique and Madagascar and which is currently being made ready in the UK. We understand the greater needs of the people of Haiti and now Chile…

Anjebetrongo and Ampasinambo clinics a success

HoverAid’s Mad Medical Safari team returned from the latest field trip tired but happy. Over a two week period over 450 patient consultations resulted in 30 eye operations, and 12 other surgical procedures all carried out in some of the most remote communities in Madagascar. Not all the medical procedures could be carried out in…

Mozambique Appeal

It is clear from HoverAid’s use of hovercraft in both 2000 and 2007 that these vehicles are extremely useful in a flood relief emergency, able to gain access across flooded ground, mud, fields, and fast flowing river channels filled with unseen obstacles and debris. The forecast this coming year is for more floods, and these…

Mad Medical Safari to Ankavandra

Ankavandra October 2009 Klaas-Jan de Koning, Hoveraid Hovercraft The hovercraft performed as normal. The river was streaming slowly and there were a lot of  sandbanks. The back fingers has to be replaced. We took off the whole back of the skirt with the fingers and took it to Tana. The fuel guages need replacin and…

Mad Medical Safari Beroroha September 2009

Klaus Broersma drove the hovercraft from Tana to Beroroha with the newly constructed trailer which churches in Somerset in the UK have been raising funds for. The new system that Jeroen developed for (un)loading the hovercraft off/on the trailer works very well. We got stuck with the trailer and decided to leave it behind, unload…