Madagascar Declares Flooding Disaster, Rains and Landslide Risks Continue

This emergency message alerts U.S. citizens to reports that heavy and consistent rains have caused severe flooding in the central highlands of Madagascar, and has prompted the Government of Madagascar to declare a state of disaster, including in the capital of Antananarivo.  Extensive flooding has washed out dikes and roads, and landslides are making transportation in the region difficult and potentially dangerous.  Authorities have identified and evacuated a number of landslide risk zones in Antananarivo, including the areas surrounding the University of Antananarivo and the Queen’s Palace. As a result, we advise U.S. citizens to exercise extreme caution while traveling in the region until the waters subside and infrastructure is repaired.  Follow local and national media for updates on flooding conditions, landslide risks and transportation routes.

The U.S. Embassy will continue to monitor the situation and will issue updated messages as necessary.  U.S. citizens in affected areas are urged to monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions.  U.S. citizens should carry their travel documents with them (i.e. U.S. Passport, Birth Certificate, picture ID’s, etc.) or secure these in a safe, waterproof location.  We also suggest that U.S. citizens contact friends and family in the United States with updates about their whereabouts and well-being.

Additional information on disaster preparedness may be found on the “Natural Disasters” page of the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website at: http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1207.html.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Madagascar enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at travel.state.gov.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Comoros.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar is located at:

Lot 207 A Point Liberty
Andranoro-Antehiroka, Antananarivo, Madagascar
Telephone:  [261] (20) 234-8000 (available 24-hours)
Fax:  [261] (20) 234-8035
Web site:  https://mg.usembassy.gov/

U.S. citizens in need of urgent assistance should call the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy: 034-493-2854