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29 killed, 80,000 affected by Madagascar cyclone

AFP  |  Antananarivo 

Twenty-nine people died and more than 80,000 were affected after tropical cyclone Ava tore through last week, authorities said today.

Seventeen people died today, after a house crumbled following a mudslide in the Ivory suburb, south-east of the capital

"On a national scale, the provisional toll is 29 dead, 22 missing, 17,170 displaced and 83,023 affected," the National Bureau for Risk and Catastrophe Management said in a statement.

The cyclone, which made landfall on Friday morning, lashed the eastern part of the African island off with violent winds and heavy rains before moving off the territory on Saturday night.

The cyclone caused flooding in the capital and the port city of and in the eastern town of Several homes were without power and roads cut off by felled trees.

Madagascar, one of the world's poorest countries, is regularly hit by cyclones.

In March last year, cyclone Enawo killed at least 78 people.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 01:55 IST
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