Tropical storm ?Eric? descended on north-east regions of Madagascar on 19 January 2009, carrying heavy rain and winds. According to preliminary reports, approx. 1,000 remain homeless with another 1,700 impacted to varying degrees.
The west was bracing for the arrival of tropical cyclone Fanele. Heavy rains had already begun to fall over the north as the cyclone moved southwards, causing widespread flooding that left close to 250 people homeless in the Sofia region.
The following “flash” situational report has been prepared by the OCHA support mission to the Office of the Resident
Coordinator in Madagascar. It is largely based on the information provided by the National Office for Disasters and Risks
Management (BNGRC) of the Government of Madagascar as well as UN Agencies and NGOs.