ENAWO: the strongest Cyclone to hit Madagascar in 13 years!
On 7 March 2017 ENAWO made landfall at the tune of close to 170 MPH. This cyclone is the equivalent to a level 4 hurricane.
I only knew about the Cyclone because my daughter has been living in Madagascar for the last two years as a Peace Corp Volunteer, not because it was reported on. Very little of what happens in Madagascar is covered in our news programs.
The town where ENAWO hit as been nearly destroyed. 100% of the wooden homes are gone! The hard part will be getting aid and help the regions hit the hardest because 89% of the roads in Madagascar are dirt. I can attest to the roads having driven them last September. The rain will cause a problem with the dirt roads and the flash flood threat could extend south to Antananarivo, the Capital of Madagascar.
Madagascar happens to be the 10th poorest country in the world, making the rebuilding of the communities hit the hardest all that more difficult. Families in the town of Antalaha (where ENAWO hit) earn approximately 50 Euros a month and with all the wooden houses destroyed, it is going to take time and money to rebuild. But just the price of one bag of rice is 24 Euros and a single blanket is 5 Euros.
A Go Fund Me campaign has been started to help the people of this town find relief and start to rebuild. Even the smallest of donations will help these people greatly.
Please pass this along to anyone who might be able to help.
This is a picture of my daughter with her neighbor.