ANTANANARIVO Madagascar (Xinhua) --
Twenty nine people were
killed by cyclone 'Ava' that hit Madagascar from Friday
to Sunday, the Madagascar government said Monday.
The National Office of Risks and Disasters Management
(BNGRC) said in its provisional report that 22 people
are still missing, while 17,170 have been displaced.
Five national roads were cut while 17 health centers
BNGRC said in the report that 3,191 hectares of rice
fields are totally flooded in the capital Madagascar.
The cyclone hit the eastern part of Madagascar on
Friday and left the country on Sunday by continuing its
trajectory to the southeast off the country with an
average speed of 15 km per hour.
Red Cross deploys disaster response teams in
Madagascar for Cyclone 'Ava'
GENEVA Switzerland (Xinhua) --
Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) said
Thursday that disaster response teams are readying
response plans in anticipation of the landfall of
Tropical Cyclone 'Ava'.
The IFRC said in a statement that in the event of a
disaster, the Red Cross will be able to immediately draw
on pre-positioned emergency supplies for 500 families,
and plans are under way to top up these stocks with
additional relief supplies.
The Geneva-based IFRC quoted Izaka Harizaka, acting
Secretary General, Malagasy Red Cross as saying:
"Right now, our major concern is flooding as a result
of the expected heavy rains.
"We’ve activated our national disaster response team,
and Red Cross volunteers in all the districts are on
high alert," he said.
Madagascar is regularly hit by cyclones, said the
In March 2017, Tropical Cyclone Enawo hit the island
and claimed dozen of lives, displacing tens of thousands
It was the strongest storm to hit the island nation
in more than a decade.
In response, the Malagasy Red Cross mobilized 24
disaster response teams alongside nearly 900 volunteers,
said the IFRC.
Heavy rainfall kills at least 14 in Mozambique
MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- At least 14 people were
killed by heavy rain that has battered Mozambique since
the rainy season began in last October, Mozambique’s
National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) said
"The major cause of the deaths was lightning, which
killed 11 people, strong wings killed 2 and drowning
killed one," Paulo Tomas, INGC’s spokesperson, said at a
He said these are only preliminary data as updates
continue to trickle in from various parts of the
southern African country.
Since the start of the rainy season, more than 25,000
people were affected and some 5,000 houses were
destroyed, according to him.
Tomas said in the last few days, heavy rains pounded
most part of the country, with a higher incidence in the
northern and central provinces, with precipitation of
In the capital city Maputo, traffic on the Ressano
Garcia rail line linking Mozambique and South Africa was
cut off after the heavy rainfall destroyed the railway
Several neighbourhoods in the city were hit by power
outages following faults in electricity substations.
2,500 homeless in central Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania
(Xinhua) -- At least 2,500
people were left homeless after heavy rain destroyed 106
houses in Tanzania’s central region of Dodoma, an
official said on Thursday.
Simon Odunga, Chemba District Commissioner in Dodoma
Region, said the heavy rain that started on Tuesday
through Thursday have mostly affected three villages of
Mrijo Chini, Kaloleni and Olborot.
"Most of the houses in these villages have been
destroyed, leaving over 2,500 people homeless," Odunga
told a news conference in Chemba district.
"We have closed three schools because they are
submerged with rain water.
"They are not safe for pupils," said the district
Odunga said most of the victims were being sheltered
by relatives and friends, with some accommodated in
He said the victims, including children and women,
were in dire need of humanitarian assistance, including
medicines, mattresses as well as food.
Odunga said Chemba district authorities have relief
supplies that could last for only one month.
"Our main concern is that the rains will continue
pounding these areas and we may run short of the
capacity to serve the victims," Odunga said, calling for
Odunga said preliminary evaluation showed that the
floods have also killed livestock and destroyed other
The Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) in October
2017 issued an alert over the seasonal heavy rains that
began in November, saying they might lead to floods and
outbreak of water-borne diseases in some parts of the