Over the last few weeks and months Madagascar has been suffering a political storm as the elected President, Marc Ravalomanana, was forced out of office by young opposition leader Andry Rajoelina (with the support of the army!) even though elections were not due for 2 more years. Thousands of protestors from both sides have been out in the streets and the situation still seems volatile. In the midst of this political crisis, the island has today been affected by a physical storm as cyclone Jade hit the north-east coast and caused much devastation. It is not yet clear how much damage has been done, nor how many people will need help with food and shelter. You can read more here.