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Thursday 01 March 2012

ShelterBox monitors cyclone near Madagascar
ShelterBox monitors cyclone near Madagascar Photograph by NASA/GSFC, Rapid Response

ShelterBox operations are monitoring the movement of a cyclone off the coast of Mozambique. It is predicted to hit the west coast of Madagascar in a few days time, bringing with it winds of around 87 miles per hour, according to the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS). 

A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is already in Madagascar responding to Cyclone Giovanna that hit the eastern coast of the Indian Ocean island on February 14, causing widespread damage and displacing almost 152,000 people. 

Another SRT waiting for a connecting flight from Nairobi had plans to arrive in Madagascar today to assist in the distribution of emergency shelter to those most in need. However, Cyclone Irina has caused a 24-hour delay on their flight as well as other flights in that area. 

Photograph taken by UK-based SRT member Stephen Branfield, Madagascar, 2012.

ShelterBox Operations Manager Alf Evans said, "With two Response Teams in the country already, ShelterBox stands ready to respond to Cyclone Irina if it hits Madagascar. We also have excellent logistical support from the National Bureau of Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC), the national disaster relief agency." 

600 midi tents, 1,200 mosquito nets and eight School Boxes were shipped to Madagascar from ShelterBox's headquarters in Cornwall, UK, via Mauritius. 

A further 224 ShelterBoxes are on their way to be prepositioned in the capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo, to ensure that emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies reach people in need as quickly and efficiently as possible after a disaster strikes.
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