16 killed, over 10,000 affected in cyclone-hit Madagascar

February 17, 2012 9:14 am 

ANTANANARIVO, Feb. 16 — The provisional death toll following the passage of cyclone Giovanna on Monday and Tuesday has risen to 16 as another 65 were injured and 10,856 were affected by the cyclone, a source from the Madagascan National Bureau for Disaster Management (BNGRC) said on Thursday.

The source said that the affected concerns 80 communes out of the 592 communes that are thought to have been affected by Giovanna across the national territory.

The regions include Alaotra Mangoro and Atsinanana in the east, and they include Vatomandry and Brickville districts, where 15 people are reported to have died.

At Vatomandry, close to 5,583 people were forced to vacate their homes and take refuge in safer places given that 3,021 houses in the town were totally destroyed.

Since Tuesday night, assistance was being ferried to the districts which were most affected. BNGRC in collaboration with both national and international partners managed to supply water treatment equipments, tents, cooking stoves, motor-pumps and generators as well as other materials that are always required in case of such catastrophes.

Giovanna was a tropical cyclone classified as category 4 and it entered Madagascar on Tuesday morning at 1:00 a.m at a speed of 200 km/hour.

The cyclone entered through the eastern town of Brickville and then left on Tuesday at around 4:00 p.m. (local time) near the towns of Morondava and Belo-sur-Tsiribihina.

Madagascar is situated in the southern hemisphere within a cyclonic basin where about ten tropical disruptions are formed each year between Nov. 15 and April 30.

Cyclone Geralda which passed through this island nation in February 1994, was the last hurricane of category 4 before hurricane Giovanna and its human death toll was 273 people dead and 73 are reported to have disappeared. (PNA/Xinhua) DCT/mmg

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