Dozens die as tropical storm Irina hits Madagascar

AL JAZEERA

 

Tropical storm Irina has killed at least 65 people in Madagascar, most of them residents of the Ifanadiana district in the southeast of the island, weather authorities say.

Three people were also reported missing, the national bureau of natural catastrophes said on Monday. It did not provide further details.

Earlier it was reported that only one person had been killed when the storm passed over Madagascar last week before lashing the coasts of South Africa and Mozambique, where at least one other person was killed.

“A tree fell on a house and the roof collapsed,” killing an elderly man in Mozambique’s southern Gaza province, said Rita Almeida, a spokeswoman for the national disaster agency.

In the South African city of Durban, beaches were closed as waves reached heights of three metres, municipal spokesman Thabo Mofokeng said. Ships were ordered to remain in port.  Read more…

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