Madagascar cyclone death toll climbs

Comment on this story
iol pic afr haruna_cyclone AFP Children sit on a boat on a flooded street ofTulear, Madagascar, on February 23, 2013, a day after the cyclone Haruna hit the island.

Antananarivo - The death toll from tropical cyclone Haruna and heavy rains that have battered Madagascar has risen to 23 with 16 people missing, the national disaster management agency said on Tuesday.

The cyclone struck on Friday morning in the southwest region of the Indian Ocean island.

Latest figures showed that at least 84 people had been injured and nearly 23 000 others affected.

The cyclone brought heavy rains and strong gusts of wind reaching speeds of 125mph.

The category 2 cyclone destroyed nearly 1 500 houses, leaving almost 10 000 people homeless, and flooded more than 6 000 hectares of crops. - AFP

sign up

Comment Guidelines

  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

  5. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. You are only required to verify your email address once to have full access to commenting on articles. For more information please read our comment guidelines