Latest Indian Ocean News

Heavy rains in Madagascar cause flooding in capital, 10 dead

Jan. 19, 2022 08:53 AM EST

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Heavy rains in Madagascar have flooded parts of the capital city, Antananarivo, killing 10 people and making more than 12,000 homeless, officials said Wednesday. With the rains continuing and a possible cyclone approaching the Indian Ocean island,...

Strong quake shakes Indonesia’s capital; no tsunami alert

Jan. 14, 2022 20:20 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A powerful earthquake shook parts of Indonesia’s main island of Java on Friday, damaging buildings and houses and sending people into the streets, but no casualties were reported. Officials said there was no danger of a tsunami. The U.S. Geological...

Sri Lanka to sign oil terminal deal with India

Jan. 04, 2022 07:03 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka has agreed with India to jointly redevelop a strategic oil terminal consisting of nearly 100 large oil tanks, Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila said Tuesday. He said the Cabinet approved the proposal and an agreement with India should be signed...

Madagascar's police chief swims to shore after copter crash

Dec. 22, 2021 12:34 PM EST

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Madagascar's police minister and an air force mechanic succeeded in swimming for 12 hours to safety after their helicopter crashed in the Indian Ocean. Gen. Serge Gellé, 57, the Secretary of State for the Gendarmerie, was discovered in the water by...

Ship sinks off Madagascar coast; 17 dead and 68 missing

Dec. 20, 2021 13:14 PM EST

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — A cargo ship illegally carrying 130 passengers sank off Madagascar's northeastern coast, killing at least 17 people and leaving 68 missing, officials said Monday. At least 45 people have been rescued from the waters of the Indian Ocean, according to...

Chinese boats spotted illegally hauling tuna in Indian Ocean

Dec. 08, 2021 16:38 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Chinese squid vessels were documented using wide nets to illegally catch already overfished tuna as part of a surge in unregulated activity in the Indian Ocean, according to a new report by Norway-based watchdog group that highlights growing concerns about the lack of international...

Storm weakens after heavy rain, evacuation in southern India

Dec. 04, 2021 01:28 AM EST

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — A tropical storm weakened after dumping heavy rains overnight in parts of southern India off the Bay of Bengal as more than 50,000 people evacuated to government-run camps, officials said Saturday. No loss of life or major damage has been...

French authorities announce France's first case of the omicron variant, in the Indian Ocean island territory of Reunion

Nov. 30, 2021 03:38 AM EST
PARIS (AP) — French authorities announce France's first case of the omicron variant, in the Indian Ocean island territory of Reunion.

Iran begins annual war games ahead of nuke talks with West

Nov. 07, 2021 11:48 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s military began its annual war games in a coastal area of the Gulf of Oman, state TV reported Sunday, less than a month before upcoming nuclear talks with the West. The report said navy and air force units as well as ground forces were...

'Heartbreaking' Madagascar is wake-up call to climate crisis

Nov. 02, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The drought-stricken island nation of Madagascar is a ’wake up call” to what the world can expect in coming years due to climate change, the head of the United Nations' food aid agency said Tuesday. David Beasley, executive director of the World Food...