Thousands affected, 29 dead after Cyclone Ava hits Madagascar


Authorities on Monday reported that more than 80 000 people have been affected, and 29 have died, after tropical cyclone Ava tore through Madagascar last week.

Ava made landfall on Friday morning, lashing the Indian Ocean island with violent winds and heavy rain before leaving the territory on Saturday evening.

Antananarivo, the island’s capital city, as well as the port city of Toamasina and the eastern town of Tamatave reported flash floods, with a number of homes experiencing power outages due to felled trees which also cut off some roads.

The National Bureau for Risk and Catastrophe Management issued a statement on Monday, saying that nationally, the provisional death toll was at 29, with 22 missing, 17 170 displaced and 83 023 people affected by the storm.

According to reports, 17 of the 29 were killed on Monday after a mudslide in the suburb of Ivory, south-east of the capital, caused a house to crumble.

Madagascar is regularly hit by cyclones. In March 2017, at least 78 died after cyclone Enawo hit the island which is off the east coast of Africa.