Madagascar cyclone death toll rises to 78

Madagascar cyclone death toll rises to 78

A cyclone that slammed into Madagascar last week killed 78 people and affected 400,000, the authorities said on Tuesday as they declared the event a national disaster.

10,000 displaced as cyclone pounds Madagascar
More than 10,000 Madagascans have been forced out of their homes over the past 48 hours as tropical cyclone Enawo battered the island, with the death toll rising to five, officials said. (Manny Horsford via AP)

ANTANANARIVO: A cyclone that slammed into Madagascar last week killed 78 people and affected 400,000, the authorities said on Tuesday (Mar 14) as they declared the event a national disaster.

A quarter of a million of people were displaced from their homes, 18 are listed as missing and 250 as injured, the National Bureau for Risk and Catastrophe Management (BNGRC) said in a statement.

A previous toll, released on Saturday, gave at least 50 people dead and 176,000 affected.

Storm Enawo slammed into the northeast of the island on Mar 7, packing gusts of up to 290 kilometres per hour and delivering drenching rain.

It then moved southwards, its winds weakening, before hitting the capital.

The cyclone was the most powerful to strike the island since 2012, according to the Red Cross.

The storm hit just as the island was grappling with an intense drought that forced up the price of rice and worsened food insecurity, especially in the south.

Source: AFP/de

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