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Cyclone Ava kills at least 29 in Madagascar

Cyclone Ava kills at least 29 in Madagascar
From Al Jazeera - January 9, 2018

A few days after cyclone Ava made landfall on Madagascar, its devastating impact is starting to become clear.

The tropical storm hit theisland country off the southeastern coast of Africa on Friday and Saturday, killing at least 29 people nationwide and forcing more than 17,000 off their homes.

A statement by the National Bureau for Risk and Catastrophe Management said that 22 people were still missing by Monday. Overall, Ava affectedmore than 83,000 people.

The cyclone struck the eastern part ofMadagascarthe hardest. There, towns flooded and buildings collapsed. Roads were also damaged and communications were knocked out.

"There was a huge amount of rainfall and very strong winds. As a result, houses have collapsed and buildings have fallen on top of people," Samantha Cameron, an aid worker, told Al Jazeera from the southcentral city of Fianarantsoa.

"A lot of the roads have been cut off and some emergency measures have been taken to rebuild the main road between here and the capital, Antananarivo. But progress has been slow," added Cameron, who works forFeedback Madagascar,an international group focused on poverty reduction in the country.

Cameron said that at least 16 in five municipalities were believed to had been destroyed.

"Some towns are still flooded and the phone network is down, which makes communicating with these places even harder."

Destructive impact

Madagascar, the world's fourth-largest island, isregularly hit by cyclones between the months of November and April.

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