Madagascar Cyclone Batsirai Increases Death to 120: State Government Agency


People search for debris on the beach in the aftermath of Cyclone Bassilai on February 8, 2022 in the town of Mananjary, Madagascar. (Alkis Konstantinidis / Reuters)

The death toll from the Antananarivo-Madagascar cyclone Batsirai surged from 92 reported earlier this week to 120 on Friday, state disaster relief agencies said.

The cyclone struck an island in the Indian Ocean late Saturday and hit the southeastern coastline before retreating late Sunday.

Of the deaths, 87 were killed in one area of ​​the Ikongo district in southeastern Madagascar, according to disaster relief agencies. Earlier this week, he said he was still collecting details about what happened in Icongo.

The latest update has increased the number of deaths from 111 reported on Friday.

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On February 6, 2022, a car stopped in front of a flooded area on a road in Bohiparala, Madagascar, after the landing of Cyclone Bassilai. The photo was taken with a drone. (Christoph van der Pele / Reuters)
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Locals are standing next to the flooded area as the Cyclone Bassilai inland in Fianarantsoa, ​​Madagascar, on February 6, 2022. (Alkis Konstantinidis / Reuters)

Cyclones have damaged or destroyed houses in just over 124,000, and about 30,000 have been evacuated and camped in 108 locations, officials said.

Batshirai was Madagascar’s second devastating storm in two weeks after tropical cyclone Anna killed 55 people and evacuated 130,000 in another part of the country further north.

An island nation with a population of about 30 million was already suffering from food shortages in the South as a result of severe and long-term drought.

By Lovasoa Rabary

Reuters

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