A ShelterBox Response Team is deploying to Madagascar after Cyclone Enawo made landfall on the African island nation on Tuesday, with heavy rains and winds up to 170 mph.
At last count, at least five people have died and more than 10,000 people have been left homeless. Both numbers are expected to climb as a result of the Category 4 storm, the strongest cyclone to hit Madagascar in 13 years.
ShelterBox has available its extensive supply of shelter and emergency aid that can be mobilized as soon as response teams have assessed what is most needed.
The gale force winds and heavy rain are expected to cause flash flooding and mudslides throughout the rest of this week. Because most of Madagascar’s roads are dirt and are being washed out, reaching the hardest hit areas of the northeastern part of the island nation will be difficult.
According to the Malagasy Red Cross Society, an estimated 720,000 people have been affected by this intense tropical cyclone. A red alert has been issued for the northeast coastal area, advising residents to abandon houses on water edges, store drinking water, and seek safe shelter as the dangerous weather continues.
Communications in many areas are severed as a result of the storm so the full extent of damage is not yet known.
As ShelterBox is monitoring that developing situation, its emergency response efforts continue in other countries around the world.
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