Floods in Madagascar threaten over a million

The flooded residential area of Ankorondrano, a part of the southern districts of Antananarivo, seen, in Madagascar, 06 January 2018. At least 29 people were killed by the cyclone 'Ava' in Madagascar. The cyclone led to floods and landslides. Photo: Laetitia Bezain/dpa (Photo by Laetitia Bezain/picture alliance via Getty Images)

19 January 2022

At least 10 people have died in flash floods triggered by torrential rain that battered Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo overnight, an interior ministry official said on Tuesday.

The victims were killed after “the floods caused landslides and houses collapsed,” Sonia Ray, spokesperson for the ministry’s disaster management office, told AFP.

Two people have been injured and more than 500 displaced by the storm, according to preliminary figures released by the National Bureau of Disaster Risk Management (BNGRC)

About 20 districts around the capital of 1.3 million are on red alert for flooding, it said, with built-up urban areas with poor drainage systems seen as especially vulnerable.

Source AFP