Cyclone leaves 2,600 homeless in Madagascar

A tropical cyclone that tore across western Madagascar has left about 2,600 people homeless, an emergency services official said.

Cyclone leaves 2,600 homeless in Madagascar

A tropical cyclone that tore across western Madagascar has left about 2,600 people homeless, an emergency services official said on Thursday.

Cyclone Fanele made landfall early on Wednesday with winds of up to 150 km (90 miles) per hour, causing extensive damage to buildings and widespread flooding.

"In the town of Morondava, 80 percent of houses have lost their roofing," Dia Styvanley Soa of the state-run National Office of Disaster and Risk Management told Reuters.

She said 2,600 people had lost their homes and another 4,000 had been affected. Local media said one person had died.

A dozen sites were set up for the homeless, including schools and churches, Soa said, while workers were trying to restore water and electricity supplies to some 80,000 homes.

Reuters
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