Cy­clone kills 50 in Mada­gas­car

New Straits Times - - World -

Cy­clone Enawo killed 50 peo­ple and af­fected 176,000 peo­ple after it hit Mada­gas­car ear­lier this week, the na­tional dis­as­ter man­age­ment agency said on Satur­day, with thou­sands forced into emer­gency shel­ters.

The toll is­sued by the head of the BNGRC agency, Thierry Venty, was higher than the ear­lier es­ti­mate of four deaths and 10,000 peo­ple dis­placed is­sued on Thurs­day.

More than 53,000 peo­ple were dis­placed and 180 in­jured by the storm, the agency said on Fri­day, while 32,000 were af­fected here.

Of­fi­cials opened 137 shel­ters to house those hit by the cy­clone.

Enawo hit the re­mote north­east on Tues­day, swelling rivers to burst­ing point and spark­ing fears of wide­spread flood­ing.

It weak­ened after mak­ing land­fall and was re­clas­si­fied as a trop­i­cal de­pres­sion mov­ing south­wards, away from the is­land that lies 400km off the coast of Africa.

More than 700,000 peo­ple could be af­fected by the cy­clone, which was the most pow­er­ful to strike the is­land since 2012, ac­cord­ing to the Red Cross.

The group de­ployed 500 vol­un­teers to help the 176,000 is­lan­ders af­fected by the storm.

In 2012, trop­i­cal storm Irina and trop­i­cal cy­clone Gio­vanna claimed more than 100 lives.

AFP PIC

Mada­gas­car’s cap­i­tal, An­tana­narivo, in­un­dated by flood­wa­ters on Thurs­day.

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