Thursday, January 22, 2009

Madagascar cyclones

Climate Change Corp: Another cyclone made landfall on the African island nation of Madagascar Wednesday just a few days after another powerful storm left hundreds homeless

Cyclone Fanele made landfall on Madagascar's west coast Wednesday with winds up to 130 MPH, and reports indicated that the storm was still gaining strength. The storm has left a regional city, Morondava, without running water and electricity, and severe flooding is being reported as well. Local buildings, including schools and churches identified as emergency centers, have been damaged, though the full extent of the damage will not be known for several days.

Earlier this week, a weaker cyclone, Tropical Cyclone Eric, made landfall on Madagascar and left nearly a thousand people homeless. The storm is also being blamed for the death of one person….

Sunset on the avenue of the Baobabs. Grandidier's Baoba (Adansonia grandidieri) in Morondava, Madagascar. Shot by Olivier Lejade, Wikimedia Commons via Flickr, under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 License

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