Cyclone strikes East Coast

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


Cyclone Giovanna has intensified in the last 24 hours and briefly became a Category 4 storm last night. It now look inevitable that it will strike Madagascar within the next 36-48 hours bringing huge amounts of rainfall to the eastern low plateau, before crossing over to the western side of the country. HoverAid’s team in…

Cyclone Funso reprieve for Moz and Mada

Cyclone Funso remains a category 4 storm but is heading in precisely the right direction to miss Mozambique and Madagascar – much to the relief of both these poverty stricken countries. Rainfall is now predicted to be heavy but remain offshore for the coming few days which is of equal importance. Unusually two cyclones have…

Cyclone Funso intensifies

It is heading South very slowly and predicted to intensify with winds reaching 145mph. It is not clear if it will move east or west towards Madagascar or Mozambique, but in the mean time it is a source of heavy rainfall for both countries.

Major Cyclone alert

HoverAid’s team in Madagascar is ready to react should the cyclone make landfall over the country. At the same time we are watching the situation in Mozambique closely as we have worked there before and we may need to move hovercraft from Madagascar or the UK in order to help.

Two cyclones at once

HoverAid have operated along the Zambezi following cyclones in previous years, most notably with Oxfam in 2007, and World Vision during the massive floods in 2000 which affected over half a million people. HoverAid currently has three hovercraft based in Madagascar, where eyes are currently turning to Tropical Cyclone Ethel which is moving towards the…

Cyclone Chanda hits Madagascar

HoverAid is watching the situation closely and already has plans for a team to head south into the affected area. This is the first major storm of this year’s cyclone season and unusually the storm has come from the Mozambique channel and landed on the lower and poorer Western low plateau. HoverAid currently has three…