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Madagascar’s 1st tropical storm of season floods 700 homes, 1 lacking – Preliminary reviews

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On Friday (Jan. 20), Madagascar’s metropolis of Sambava was nonetheless below water.

The northeastern city was hit by the tropical storm Cheneso. Based on the Nationwide Workplace for Threat and Disaster Administration, preliminary reviews point out that one individual is lacking, about 300 individuals have been evacuated. Greater than 700 homes have been flooded. Diana, Sava and Analanjirofo areas have been positioned below purple alert.

“All the things is flooded right here, we ask the State to enhance the draining of flood water, in order that in case of rain, it could actually circulation away. We’re residing in distress proper now,” farmer Jean Claude laments.

“All our stuff has been flooded, usually we must always depart, however we will’t depart our belongings, We’re struggling loads due to this flood, it’s actually distress proper now,” Eline Vavitsara provides.

Tropical Storm Cheneso made landfall within the north of Antalaha City in Sava Area, on the north-eastern coast of the island, 19 January. After landfall, the storm headed south-west, with common winds of 90 km/h and wind gusts as much as 120 km/h.

It is Madagascar’s first tropical storm of the 2022-2023 cyclone season (which runs yearly from October to April).

 Heavy rains and powerful winds persist however the cyclone is considered weakening.