Madagascar: six dead and tens of thousands displaced after cyclone Batsirai

The cyclone made landfall on the central eastern coast of the country yesterday. It loses its power, but it is always accompanied by torrential rains.

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At least six people died when tropical cyclone Batsirai passed through Madagascar on the night of Saturday February 5 to Sunday February 6. Nearly 50,000 people have also had to leave their homes due to the risk of flooding, according to a still provisional assessment.

Malagasy authorities have warned that the cyclone is losing its power, but that flooding is still to be feared. The inhabitants had prepared to cope with the means at their disposal on the island, one of the poorest countries in the world, already hit by a deadly tropical storm in January, Ana, and swept since Friday by the wind and continuous rain.

The director of the World Food Program (WFP) for Madagascar said she anticipated “a major crisis” in the country, where the cyclone could affect more than 600,000 people, and cause 150,000 to be displaced. Search and rescue teams have been placed on alert, stocks of supplies have been prepared and planes are ready to intervene in support of the humanitarian response.

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