Madagascar sits in a zone where Tropical and Sub-tropical cyclones occur. (Called "cyclones" here, they are also know as Hurricanes and Typhoons, depending on which part of the world they are found in.) Each year a few impact Madagascar. This year Cyclone Ava pounded the nation in late December and early January causing many deaths and much destruction. In the past week Cyclone Eliakim has hit the east coast, again with deaths and destruction. Rebuilding homes and schools, and re-establishing farms is a slow process and the impact will last for some time. Our thoughts are with those affected.
Should you be considering visiting Madagascar then note that the "cyclone season" officially runs from mid-November until the end of April, and the main areas impacted are the far north, north and east coasts.