Death toll rises in Madagascar cyclone

2012-02-24 19:01
Antananarivo - At least 31 people were killed and 250 000 left homeless after tropical cyclone Giovanna ripped across Madagascar last week, the disaster management agency said on Friday.

The storm knocked out communication with rural parts of the vast island and blocked major roads with felled trees, making it difficult for authorities to assess the extent of the damage from the storm that struck on February 14.

The coastal town of Brickaville, where the storm made landfall, suffered 10 deaths, with another nine in the nearby, but inland town of Moramanga.

The other casualties were recorded in three different parts of the Indian Ocean nation, the national office for disaster and catastrophe management said in a report.

But the agency warned the toll could still rise. Of the 686 communities affected by the storm, contact had been restored with only 169.

So far, 245 people have been reported injured while nearly 250 000 were left homeless after rains and powerful winds swept across the country.

Eight clinics and 24 primary schools were destroyed. Another 424 schools and 39 health centres were flooded or damaged, it said.

Bridges, roads and electrical installations were also damaged, and emergency workers were delivering clean water to hard-hit communities.

The disaster agency said Giovanna was as powerful as tropical cyclone Geralda, which killed 230 people in 1994.

In February 2011, Cyclone Bingiza killed at least 34 people.

Cyclone season in Madagascar runs from November to April.
Read more on:    madagascar  |  weather  |  southern africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Millions of plastic particles in our food!

Scientists and researchers believe that almost five million tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year and it’s affecting our food.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

Trying to keep time for your social commitments and friendships as well as taking care of work and health obligations can be more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.