Tropical Cyclone Eliakim made landfall on the peninsula of Masoala in north east Madagascar on 16 March, 2018.
Meteo Madagascar issued red level warnings for heavy rain in Analanjirofo, Atsinanana, Alaotra, Sofia and Sambirano.
As of 16 March, Madagascar’s Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et des Catastrophes (BNGRC) reported flooding in Antalaha.
Tropical Cyclone Eliakim passed over the northern Madagascar between 17 and 18 March and moved along the eastern coast bringing with it winds of 105 km/h and torrential rain of over 200 mm in 24 hours in some areas.
Maroantsetra, Andilamena, Ambilobe, Mandritsara, Brickaville and Toamasina were reportedly the worst affected by the storm.
Madagascar’s Bureau for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC) said that, as of 18 March, 17 people had died and the storm had affected over 15,000. Over 1,200 homes have been damaged and 648 destroyed, leaving over 6,000 people displaced.