CYCLONE ‘ELIAKIM‘ HITS MADAGASCAR’S EAST COAST
(Posted 19th March 2018)
Air Madagascar yesterday had to cancel a number of flights across the sprawling Indian Ocean island as a result of strong winds and adverse weather conditions after cyclone Eliakim hit sections of the island.
At least three return services, MD 318/9, MD 198/9 and MD 530/1 to such destinations like Sambava, St. Mary and St. Denis were affected and passengers are advised to check with the airline even today, Monday, if flights to parts of the island affected by the storm were operating normally, delayed or cancelled.
Said the airline in a statement seen: ‘The weather disrupts some takeoffs and landings in eastern Madagascar. Even if the conditions in certain stops are satisfactory, the disturbances (rain / wind) on certain routes also force us to cancel flights. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.‘
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Meanwhile have the affected parts of the island seen extensive flooding with roads and bridges damaged. Reports of casualties have also emerged from Madagascar, which last year was hit by a plague outbreak.