Cyclone Emnati makes landfall in Madagascar, more than 30,600 people evacuated as a precaution

He continues his run. Cyclone Emnati made landfall overnight from Tuesday February 22 to Wednesday February 23 in Madagascar, already hit by several tropical storms and a cyclone for a month, local authorities said.

“The cyclone made landfall around [1 heure du matin] a little north of the district of Manakara”, in the southeast of the country, said Faly Aritiana Fabien, of the National Bureau of Risk Management (BNGRC). No balance sheet has yet been established. The latest report from Météo-Madagascar warns of heavy rains and the risk of flooding with heavy seas along the south and south-east coasts. UN agencies said the day before preparing “at worst”. More than 30,600 people have been placed in emergency accommodation centers as a precaution.

Gusts at 140 km/h

The disturbance which passed off Mauritius and Reunion in the Indian Ocean, arrived weakened on the Malagasy eastern coast, with average winds at 100 km/h and gusts of 140 km/h.

In early February, Cyclone Batsirai killed at least 121 people, destroyed thousands of homes and devastated crops. Thousands of people are still homeless. In January, Tropical Storm Ana had already killed around 100 people in Madagascar, Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

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