Cyclone Batsirai hit Madagascar hard! An Air Austral 777-300ER aircraft carried medical equipment from Paris!

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To help the victims of Cyclone BATSIRAI in Madagascar, a Boeing 777-300ER from Air Austral was leased by FLYTRANS on behalf of Civil Security / COGIC in Paris to operate a special Paris - Antananarivo flight. Air Austral crews have made every effort to ensure that this particular 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 in Antananarivo on Wednesday, February 9, at 11:20 local time.

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

Cyclone Batsirai hit Madagascar hard!

The death toll from Cyclone Batsirai is rising in Madagascar, leaving thousands homeless. It is the second tropical storm to hit the island in less than two weeks.

With gusts of over 200 kilometers per hour, Cyclone Batsirai hit Madagascar over the weekend, leaving thousands dead and dozens dead. Strong cyclone winds and torrential rains flooded roads and farmland, tore the roofs of houses and buildings, and knocked down trees and utility poles. The worst-hit areas were in the eastern part of the country, although the full extent of the damage is still being assessed.

According to Madagascar's National Office for Risk and Disaster Management, more than 112.000 people have been affected by Batsirai, which has been classified by the country's meteorological department as a dangerous storm. As of Wednesday night, at least 92 people had died, most in the southern Ikongo district, and more than 60.000 were displaced and temporarily relocated, the country's risk and disaster management bureau said.

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