Three people were reported dead in southeastern Madagascar on Sunday after cyclone Batsirai made landfall, leaving a trail of devastation including collapsed buildings, power cuts and flooding.
Roads were flooded and some houses in the central city of Fianarantsoa were submerged. Buildings and their contents were damaged by rising water early in the morning, a resident said.
Batsirai swept inland late Saturday, slamming into Madagascar’s eastern coastline with heavy rains and wind speeds of 165 km/h. It was projected to displace as many as 150,000 people.
The damage from the storm system is compounding the destruction wreaked by another cyclone, Ana, which hit the island just two weeks ago, killing 55 people and displacing 130,000 people.
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