Country: Africa

Red Cross activates disaster response as Tropical cyclone Berguitta threatens Mauritius and La Réunion

Nairobi/Geneva, 16 January 2018—Mauritius and La Réunion are on high alert as Tropical Cyclone Berguitta moves towards southern Indian Ocean this week. Red Cross disaster response teams are readying response plans in anticipation of the cyclone’s landfall. “This dangerous cyclone puts at risk hundreds of lives in Mauritius and La Réunion. Our teams in both countries are prepositioning relief items to support communities who may need food, shelter and first aid services,” said Andreas Sandin, Coordinator for emergency operations for Eastern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands, at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. All Red Cross branches in Mauritius have been put on high alert. In La Réunion, the Red Cross Indian Ocean Regional Intervention Platform (PIROI) has activated its disaster response plan and volunteers are on standby to distribute relief items and provide support to communities affected by the...

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Tropical Cyclone Ava bears down on Madagascar: Red Cross deploys disaster response teams

Antananarivo, 4 January 2018 – Madagascar is on high alert as Tropical Cyclone Ava moves towards the island. Red Cross disaster response teams are readying response plans in anticipation of the cyclone’s landfall. “Right now, our major concern is flooding as a result of the expected heavy rains. We’ve activated our national disaster response team, and Red Cross volunteers in all the districts are on high alert,” said Izaka Harizaka, acting Secretary General, Malagasy Red Cross. In the event of a disaster, the Red Cross will be able to immediately draw on pre-positioned emergency supplies for 500 families, and plans are under way to top up these stocks with additional relief supplies. Madagascar is regularly hit by cyclones. In March 2017, Tropical Cyclone Enawo hit the island, claiming dozens of lives and displacing tens of thousands. It was the strongest storm to hit the island nation in more than a decade. In response, the Malagasy Red Cross mobilized 24 disaster response teams alongside nearly 900...

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