Over 2000 evacuated as cyclone Ava hits Madagascar
Magadascar, Jan. 6, 2018 (AltAfrika)-About a thousand people have been displaced by Cyclone Ava in Madagascar. This is according to an initial assessment by the National Bureau of Disaster Risk Management.
In Tamative, one of the most affected areas in the island country located on the south-east coast of Africa, hundreds of victims have taken refuge in shelters like the gymnasium centres and public institutions.
The surrounding villages are also reported to have faced a lot of damage on Friday afternoon with roads cut off, rising waters, broken trees, roofs washed away and houses destroyed.
In the capital, Antananarivo, the heavy rain showers of the last few days have rendered about one hundred families homeless.. The city council of Antananarivo has sent pallets to help these victims sleep in makeshift shelters.
The National Bureau of Disaster Risk Management also reports more than 2,000 have been evacuated while 5 schools destroyed.
Meteorologists had predicted that Ava, an equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane would weaken into a moderate tropical storm after interaction with land on Friday afternoon.
Further weakening was expected during the first half of the weekend as it hugged the coast of eastern Madagascar.