Madagascar - Tropical Storm DUMAKO (GDACS, MeteoFrance - La Reunion, MeteoMadagascar

The newly formed Tropical Storm DUMAKO is moving westwards over the Indian Ocean, and on 14 February at 0.00 UTC its centre was located about 720 km east of the north-eastern coast of Madagascar, with maximum sustained winds of 95 km/h (Tropical Storm).

DUMAKO is forecast to continue westwards over the Indian Ocean and to reach the coast of north-eastern Madagascar in the midday of 15 February, making landfall in an area between Sava and Analanjirofo Regions, with maximum sustained winds up to 85 km/h. After that, DUMAKO is expected to weaken to a tropical depression, while it moves west across northern Madagascar.

Madagascar has been heavily impacted by the passage of Tropical Cyclone BATSIRAI on 5-6 February over central and southern areas of the country. The results of the first needs assessments will be communicated officially on 14 February by the Office of Risks and Disasters (BNGRC) in Madagascar.

Red warnings have been issued for coastal areas in Sava and Analanjirofo Regions. Heavy rainfall and strong winds are forecast over north Madagascar from 15 February.

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New Zealand Ocean Racing has advised that it has formally withdrawn its entry to The Ocean Race (TOR) 2022/2023.

Headed by New Zealand sailor and alumni of The Ocean Race, Bianca Cook, New Zealand Ocean Racing had been working to compete in the V065 class of the famed round the world race. Unfortunately, the unavoidable impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, together with a lack of sponsorship, has made continuing with the campaign untenable.

“This is not a decision we ever wanted to have to make. We’re devastated.” says Cook. “We have always been realistic about what we needed to achieve to get us to the start line in 2022, and sadly we just couldn’t make that happen. The effects of Covid-19 and the withdrawal of Auckland as a race stopover have made it impossible – despite our best efforts – to get to Alicante for the Race.”

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Due to climate change some unusual activities can be seen in the coastal areas of ​​India including Bay of Bengal, South China Sea and Indian Ocean.

Scientists have been warning about climate change and its impact on the environment for several years now. Scientists are of the opinion that due to global warming, many threats related to the environment can be seen in the future.

A new study has now said that due to climate change some unusual activities can be seen in the coastal areas of ​​India including the Bay of Bengal, South China Sea and Indian Ocean. The findings of the study have been published in the journal 'Climate Dynamics' Springer.

The study states that the strong winds will affect the coastal areas of India's east and west coast and countries bordering the Indian Ocean, which will have an impact on coastal flooding and shoreline changes. This new study may increase the concerns of people living in and around the cities along the coast.

Because of climate change these areas are already at risk of devastating floods. Increased sea wave movement can increase the risk of flooding, as well as affect shoreline configuration. Because of this, infrastructure can be damaged.

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'Everything Is Gone': Madagascans Face Destitution in Cyclone's Wake

Cyclone Batsirai slammed into the Indian Ocean island late Saturday, battering the southeastern coastline until it moved away late Sunday, leaving 91,000 people with damaged or destroyed homes, according to the state disaster relief agency.

It was Madagascar's second destructive storm in two weeks, after Cyclone Ana killed 55 people and displaced 130,000 in a different area of the country, further north.

The island nation, which has a population of nearly 30 million, was already struggling with food shortages in the south, a consequence of a severe and prolonged drought. The World Food Program said Batsirai had made the situation worse by destroying crops that were just two weeks from harvest.

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" The international community must make education one of the pillars of its action for the ocean. Because if we want to protect it better, we must teach it better. On the occasion of the One Ocean Summit, I am setting a common objective for our 193 Member States: to include ocean education in school curricula by 2025. " Audrey Azoulay UNESCO Director-General, during her presence in Brest.

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On the 8th February, diverse international stakeholders – including citizens, scientists, sailors, shipping industries and fishing companies – will takes part in the kick-off meeting of the Odyssey Project to express their engagement within the international ocean observing community providing sustained support for ocean observations.

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