Tropical storm wreaks havoc in 3 African countries

2022-01-26 13:40:16
Tropical storm wreaks havoc in 3 African countries

Tropical storm Ana has killed at least 34 people in Madagascar and two people in Mozambique in recent days while knocking out power in Malawi, authorities in the three countries said on Tuesday.

The storm, which formed over the east coast of Africa's largest island Madagascar, has brought heavy rains causing flooding and mudslides that have swept away houses in the capital Antananarivo.

The latest report from Madagascar's disaster management agency on Tuesday showed that 34 people have died and nearly 65 000 were left homeless since last week.

Across the Indian Ocean, the storm made landfall on mainland Africa on Monday, bringing heavy rains in Mozambique's central and northern districts.

Mozambique's National Institute for Disaster Risk Management on Tuesday said two people were killed, with 49 others injured in Zambezia province.

The UN forecasts the storm will cause widespread flooding, uproot people and inflict infrastructural damages.

In neighbouring Malawi, the storm plunged most parts of the country into darkness overnight Monday after flash floods raised the water levels, forcing the electricity generation company to shut down its power generating machines.

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