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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Antananarivo (Madagascar), Flooding Disaster, Rains and Landslide Risks Continue

This emergency message alerts U.S. citizens to reportsthat heavy and consistent rains have caused severe flooding in the centralhighlands of Madagascar, and has prompted the Government of Madagascar todeclare a state of disaster, including in the capital of Antananarivo. Extensive flooding has washed out dikes and roads, and landslides are makingtransportation in the region difficult and potentially dangerous.  Authoritieshave identified and evacuated a number of landslide risk zones in Antananarivo,including the areas surrounding the University of Antananarivo and the Queen’sPalace. As a result, we advise U.S. citizens to exercise extreme caution whiletraveling in the region until the waters subside and infrastructure isrepaired.  Follow local and national media for updates on floodingconditions, landslide risks and transportation routes.

The U.S. Embassy will continue to monitor the situation andwill issue updated messages as necessary.  U.S. citizens in affected areasare 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 friendsand family in the United States with updates about their whereabouts andwell-being.

Additional information on disaster preparedness may be foundon 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 orresiding 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 forthe U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in anemergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with thenearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find currentTravel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read theCountry Specific Information for Comoros.  Foradditional information, refer to the “Traveler’sChecklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-dateinformation on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from othercountries.  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 tohave 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:  http://www.antananarivo.usembassy.gov/

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

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