At least 10 people are dead and tens of thousands displaced after a cyclone hit Madagascar

2022-06-07 0 By

At least 10 people were killed in Madagascar between Saturday and Sunday night as a result of tropical cyclone Batsirai, forcing nearly 50,000 people to flee their homes and put themselves at risk of flooding, according to authorities, ACCORDING to EU news agency.At least 10 people have died in Madagascar as a result of the cyclone.Paolo Emilio Raholinarivo, an official at Madagascar’s National Risk and Disaster Management Agency, told AFP that at least 10 people had died and nearly 48,000 had been displaced by the bad weather, according to a provisional assessment, Reuters reported.The last report said six people had died.Ms. Batsilai is expected to return to the Mozambique canal in the Atsimo-Andrefana region in the afternoon or the following evening, according to the Malagmadagascar Meteorological Organization.Faly Aritiana Fabien, of the National Risk Management Office, said Batsiilai hit Madagascar Saturday night as a severe tropical cyclone with winds of 165 kilometers per hour.On Sunday, the cyclone weakened significantly, with average winds of 80 km/h and 110 km/h hitting, well below the peak of 235 km/h reported by Madagascar weather on Saturday night.Residents have prepared to meet these challenges with the resources they have, either hiding behind hard walls or using sandbags to shield roofs.Willy Raharijaona, a technical adviser to the vice president of Madagascar’s Senate, said some areas in the southeast had been cut off from surrounding areas by flooding.The worst-hit town was Nosy-Varika on the east coast, where almost 95 percent of buildings were destroyed, as if they had just been bombed, and flooding cut off communications, Raharicona said.The damage caused by cyclone Ana was compounded by the damage caused by the storm.The cyclone struck the island of nearly 30 million people two weeks ago, killing 55 people and displacing 130,000.In Ambalavao, about 460 kilometers south of the capital Antananarivo, a number of people died when their houses collapsed, state radio said.Nirina Rahaingosoa, a resident of Fianarantsoa, 420 kilometers south of the capital, told Reuters ina telephone interview that all we saw was desolation, uprooted trees, downed power poles, roofs blown off by the wind and the city completely under water.The town was left without electricity after a number of power poles were knocked down by strong winds that blew through the night.Another resident, Raharijaona, said the roofs of schools and churches prepared to shelter the displaced near Mananjary in the south-eastern region had also been ripped off by strong winds.Some 48,000 people have been displaced, according to the disaster Management Agency;The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that as many as 150,000 people could be forced from their homes.(Ouyang Hong)