Cyclone kills 29, injures 3 in Madagascar

Local residents walk past debris as a wave breaks nearby in Port Vila,

A Cyclone that hit eastern Madagascar over the weekend killed at least 29 people and injured three others while two people were reported missing.

Tropical Cyclone Ava passed through Madagascar on Friday and Saturday, hitting mostly the eastern coast of the island with wind speeds of between 140-190 km per hour.

Communications Officer of the National Office of Risk and Disaster Management, Melisa Venance, said the provisional report of Cyclone Ava hitting Madagascar, shows 29 people were killed.

The National Office of Risk and Disaster Management had earlier Monday put the death toll at six, with more than 13,000 people displaced by the Cyclone. More than 16,000 pupils had classes suspended until Thursday, due to flooding and risk of landslides.

In March 2017, Cyclone Enawo struck Madagascar, killing at least 78 people on its vanilla-producing northeastern coast.

Enawo damaged around 30 percent of the crop in the world’s biggest producer, which accounts for nearly half of the world’s crop.

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