Cyclone Hits Madagascar, Aid Workers Fear Humanitarian Crisis May Worsen

Harsh weather conditions are making it impossible for helicopters to dispatch to and assess affected areas after a cyclone made landfall in Madagascar.

The category 1 cyclone is projected to weaken as it travels down the eastern coast, but the real fear among aid agencies is the impact this disaster will have on the ongoing crisis on the island.

Madagascar has already been hit by two cyclones this year. Tropical Cyclone Eric struck the east coast on 18 January 2009, followed by Fanele which hit the west coast two days later.

These two cyclones along with a severe drought in the south and the hike in food prices has created an ongoing humanitarian crisis for the country.


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