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Madagascar reels under impact of deadly floods, landslide


<p>The torrential rains that fell on northwestern Madagascar for nearly a week have caused death and destruction, the government said Friday. Authorities said at least 31 people had died and 15 others were missing</p> <p>The rains have also washed away crop fields promoting the Office of Disaster Risk Management to issue a food insecurity alert in the coming months and malnutrition due to flooding of the rice plains and lowlands.</p> <p>A farmer who spoke to the media said: “There are about 800 hectares of rice fields that have been destroyed by water and mud. It is our rice that was cultivated from November to January that was ravaged”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Chair of <a href="https://twitter.com/_AfricanUnion?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>_AfricanUnion</a> reacts to deadly floods and landslides in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Madagascar?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Madagascar</a> 🇲🇬⛈️<br>- Death toll is 26 with 20 missing<br>- <a href="https://twitter.com/Undpmadagascar?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>Undpmadagascar</a> says over 92,000 people affected<br /> - Rains are expected to continue into next week<br /> - Pres. <a href="https://twitter.com/SE_Rajoelina?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>SE_Rajoelina</a> has been leading rescue efforts <a href="https://t.co/OSAe4qtYuk">https://t.co/OSAe4qtYuk</a></p>— africanews (</code>africanews) <a href="https://twitter.com/africanews/status/1221040457595129857?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 25, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Jean Andriamanantena added: “The Alaotra Mangora region is known to be the rice granary of Madagascar, but this is no longer the case with this flood. We are in danger.”</p> <p>Flooding has also hit critical infrastructure such as roads. Authorities have appealed for international aid. With a tropical climate, the Indian ocean island nation, faces a period of very intense rains every year from October to April. </p> <p>In January 2019, nine people were killed in the capital Antananarivo after a house collapsed after heavy rains. </p> <p><strong><em><span class="caps">AGENCIES</span></em></strong></p>
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