Storm Ana Kills Dozens in Madagascar, Malawi, and Mozambique


Several southern African nations have been hit by torrential downpours, powerful winds, and floods in the wake of Tropical Storm Ana, resulting in dozens of deaths, thousands of people displaced, and millions of dollars of damage. As of now, Madagascar officials report at least 41 deaths alongside over 100,000 people forced to flee their homes, Malawi reports at least 19 deaths and a national power cut, and Mozambique's natural disaster agency reports over a dozen deaths, 600 completely destroyed homes, and over 3,000 partially destroyed homes. Remnants of the storm also passed over Zimbabwe, but as of now, no major damage or deaths have been reported.  

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The storm first made landfall on Madagascar on Monday, bringing sustained winds of up to 95 kilometers (about 60 miles) per hour. Many schools and gyms in the capital city of Antananarivo were transformed into temporary make-shift shelters for those forced to flee.  

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While Mozambique Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosário called for international aid, he said that his nation is not "begging" for help, but due to the increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, the challenge facing Mozambique is larger than any single nation's ability to combat it. As of now United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) estimates that roughly 45,000 are in direct need of aid, and will be deploying staff to help.  

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