Madagascar – Tropical Storm Cheneso Leaves 30 Dead, 40,000 Displaced

Tropical storm Cheneso has continued to cause flooding, fatalities and damages in Madagascar. As of 30 January, the National Office for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC) said at least 30 people have lost their lives and a further 21 are still missing.

Floods in the district of Atsimondrano in Madagascar, 27 January 2023. Photo: BNGRC

Tropical Storm Cheneso made landfall in northern Madagascar on 19 January 2023. One person was reported missing at sea in the storm, off the coast of Antsiranana II district in the Diana Region. BNGRC reported 730 homes were flooded in the Maroantsetra District of the Ananjirofo Region, affecting a total of 2,192 residents. At least 214 people were displaced.

Heavy rain brought by the storm has continued to fall across the country, increasing rivers to dangerous levels. The storm also damaged infrastructure. Several bridges have collapsed and many roads have been blocked by floodwaters or landslides.

In an update of 30 January, BNGRC reported a total of 90,519 people have been affected by the storm across 18 regions. As many as 26,397 homes have been flooded or damaged, and a total of 1,073 homes and 199 schools completely destroyed. On 29 January BNGRC reported 39,380 people had been displaced from their homes. This figure fell slightly to 36,805 the following day.

The Emergency Management Service of Copernicus, the European Union’s Earth observation programme, has been activated to provide flood extent and damage assessments. The service is mapping flooded areas of Ambatoboeny, Analaiva, Andapa, Belo sur Tsiribihina, Mahajanga, Maintirano, Mampikony, Mananjary, Maroantsetra and Morombe.

Areas of Ampitatafika in Madagascar were left isolated by flooding following heavy rain from Tropical Storm Cheneso. Photo: BNGRC