Sunday , 24 September 2023
Now we know for sure, why Madagascar can’t afford to stage any election during the rainy season, do we not? The island’s southern region has been getting used to deserts and arid climate for decades. Now it has to deal with the highly unusual effects of the wind and the rain brought by the cyclone Haruna. 13 casualties, 50 wounded and more than 17 000 victims have been accounted in the latest temporary reports. Reconstruction will prove to be long, hard, and expensive. The ruling power calls for international humanitarian emergency help.

Call for help and propaganda about the creepy result of a storm

The local foreign office labeled the cyclone Haruna’s consequences as “utterly disastrous.” The various diplomatic bodies actively took contact with their own governments to request support from their respective governments in order to alleviate these consequences’ side effects. Foreign support did not only emerge from them. The BAD bank already engaged into contributing to secure the breached dam standing across the Fiherenana river, which could not prevent Tulear city from getting flooded. The WFP and the UNICEF emulated the international bank as well.


Political capital to the electoral propaganda


Andry Rajoelina called in to Tulear City to insure his support to the local population. This is actually a too good opportunity to provide his champion with a suitable political launching pad, namely the general Camille Vital. Its acting ambassador in Geneva promised that the ruling power, and more specifically the kind hearted transitional leader, would provide 3.5 billions in support of the restoration of Tulear city as a whole.


So, may Tulear city’s native son and former transitional prime minister be praised, should he not? Andry Rajoelina rather played a certain low profile, contenting with offering soap, cooking oil, drugs, water cleaning chemistry and 10 lbs or rice per person… Besides, the transitional presidency decided to resume its VARY MORA operation in Miandrivazo, an area lightly affected by the cyclone HARUNA. However, its man river’s waters swarming of crocodiles are on the brink of spill over.


This aspect of the ruling power’s propaganda got shadowed by the effort produced by the electoral candidate Sylvain Rabetsaroana. Nirhy Lanto Andriamahazo, the presidency’s envoy, joined the area as a matter of fact, but to which end? Was he there in order to pave the way to his AVI party’s candidate? or in order to support the Rajoelina sphere’s impact on the affected population?


The CST member happens to be one of the AVI pary’s leading names, as President of the National Youth Stage. Rabetsaroana tackled his seduction maneuvers in Miandrivazo as well by sharing support out to the population. The CST member subsequently addressed the long term solutions expected to prevent this city surrounded by water from going down. Miandrivazo suffered 5 casualties and nearly one hundred other victims. The prime minister’s call upon national solidarity did in the end fail to make the headlines compared to this duel.


The figures of the cyclone HARUNA


According to the first temporary accounts issued by the national department in charge of managing such an emergency situation, Haruna claimed 13 casualties, 11 of them in Tulear city, and caused 1 147 injuries, 32 of them in Tulear city. Tulear II and Sakaraha suffered the largest number of victims and people left homeless, reaching more than 7 000 people.


As for material damages: Morombe in the district of Antanimieva (120) and Sakaraha again (100) suffered the heaviest losses. A thousand homes have been damaged by the floods: 350 in Morombe, 346 in South Betioky and 346 in Tulear I.


Public facilities have not been spared either: 69 administration facilities (18 in Morombe, 6 in South Betioky, 11 in Toliara I, 34 in Sakaraha ), 26 schools (4 in Morombe, 18 in Toliara I, 4 in Sakaraha ), 5 Basic Healthcare Centers (2 in Morombe, 1 in Toliara I, 2 in Sakaraha ), one dam across the Fiherenanana river at Toliara II, another one at Sakaraha, and 125 of the JIRAMA company’s poles brought down (5 in South Betioky and 120 in Morombe)


The region of Morombe, vastly dedicated to agriculture, suffered the largest damages in paddy fields: 1200ha lost. South Betioky lost 150ha; so did Toliara