Madagascar – Heavy Rain Reported as Tropical Cyclone Dumazile Moves South

Tropical Cyclone Dumazile formed in the western Indian Ocean on 02 March and has continued a trajectory between the islands of Madagascar and Reunion.

Meteo Madagascar reported earlier today that Dumazile was located 305km east of the city of Mananjary in Vatovavy-Fitovinany, with winds of 155 kmh and gusts of 220 kmh.

European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) said that “Dumazile’s centre is likely to stay over water, and off the eastern shore of Madagascar, meaning the highest wind gusts will be found there as well. However, heavy rainfall and strong winds should be expected both in eastern Madagascar and La Réunion Island.”

Path of Tropical Cyclone Dumazile. Image: Meteo Madagascar


In Reunion the government has closed all schools and centers of education and prohibited school transport vehicles.

Some areas have already seen heavy rain, including the capital, Saint-Denis, which recorded 226 mm of rain in 24 hours to 05 March 2018.

Earlier this year Tropical Cyclone Berguitta caused major damages and brought torrential rainfall to the island.


Eastern areas of the island are under alert for winds and high waves.

On 05 March, local media reported flooding in the port areas of Toamasina in Atsinanana region on Madagascar’s east coast.

Meteo Madagascar issued a Red Warning for heavy rain and possible river flooding for the far north west of the county, including all of Diana Region, Bealalana, Analalava, Antsohihy districts in Sofia Region, Analalava, and Mahajanga in Boeny Region.

On March 3, 2018 at 12:10 a.m. EST (1710 UTC) the GPM satellite measured rain hitting Madagascar’s eastern coast at a rate of over 160 mm (6.3 inches) per hour. Even heavier precipitation along the coast was falling at a rate of over 216 mm (8.5 inches) per hour. Storms where the heaviest rainfall was occurring were above 13.7 km (8.5 miles) high. Credit: NASA/JAXA, Hal Pierce

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