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Cyclone BATSIRAI in Madagascar: Air Austral flies Emergency Teams and Medical Supplies to Help Victims

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A Boeing 777-300ER from Air Austral was chartered by FLYTRANS on behalf of Civil Security / COGIC in Paris, to operate a special flight Paris-Antanarivo, to help the victims of Cyclone Batsirai in Madagascar.

The Air Austral teams have therefore done everything possible to ensure that this special flight can take place on time.

Flight UU050 took off on Tuesday February 8, 2022, from Paris CDG Airport at 23:00. The aircraft landed successfully Wednesday, February 9 in Antanarivo at 11:20 a.m. local time.

This flight allowed the transport of 60 firefighters and the routing of 20 tons of freight, consisting mainly humanitarian cargo and medical equipment.

Tropical Storm in Madagascar

According to Madagascar’s National Office for Risk and Disaster Management, more than 112,000 people have been impacted by Batsirai, which was classified by the country’s meteorology department as a dangerous storm.

The wind which gusts up to 143 miles per hour, Cyclone Batsirai made landfall on Madagascar’s eastern coast late Saturday before sweeping across the central and southern parts Sunday.

The storm left land Monday morning and returned to sea, but heavy rainfall was forecast for southern Madagascar through Tuesday, according to the country’s meteorology department, fueling fears of more flooding.

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