NASA's Aqua and TRMM satellites are providing data to scientists about the Southern Atlantic Ocean Sub-tropical Storm Arani, a rare occurrence in the southern ocean. Rainfall data and cloud top temperatures revealed some heavy rain and strong thunderstorms exist in Arani as it continues to pull away from Brazil.
– The southern part of Madagascar has been brutally affected by Cyclone Fanele, which hit the island in the early hours of 21 January. A recent World Health Organization assessment notes that over 20,500 people have been affected by Fanele and Tropical Storm Eric, which arrived on the 19th.
Madagascar: Tropical storm Eric and cyclone Fanele hit the country on 19th of January 2009. A total of 20,555 people are affected with 4,004 left homeless. Ten people are reported dead and 36 wounded. The available data indicated the destruction of 5 health centres and 2 hospitals in Menabe region. WHO is supporting the Initial rapid Assessment with government and partners as well as response activities.
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.