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MAF 5R-MKD aircraft and Medair representative in MAF hangar
MAF 5R-MKD aircraft and Medair representative in MAF hangar - Photo: Patrick Keller

On Saturday the 5th of February, Madagascar was hit by the infamous cyclone, Batsirai, which made landfall near the south-eastern city of Mananjary, located 530kms away from the capital, Antananarivo.

MAF surveys reported little wind damage but severe flooding that would cause road and infrastructural damage, likely to affect harvests.

According to the National Bureau for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC), 143 718 people were affected by this tropical storm with 21 922 people displaced to temporary shelters set up by the government (*).

On the 10th of February, as cargo was transported by road, our Pilot, Wouter Nagel, flew three staff from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit and five Medair staff to Mananjary, where they set up water tanks to provide clean drinking water wherever the need was greatest.

Medair and MAF continue to work alongside each other to bring help to those living in Mananjary as the effects of Batsirai are still being felt in that region.

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Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit and Medair staff in front of MAF plane 5R-MKD
Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit and Medair staff in front of MAF plane 5R-MKD - Photo: Patrick Keller