The death toll of the tropical storm Ana that hit East Africa has risen to at least 88 people, the Reuters Agency said on Friday. The element caused catastrophic floods, destroyed many homes, schools and hospitals.
The Ana storm hit the coast of Madagascar on January 22, destroying buildings and causing landslides. Two days later, the elements came to continental Africa, to Mozambique and Malawi, where, as a result of numerous sudden floods, the companies supplying the country with electricity were forced to cut off the electricity supply.
United Nations officials said that in all three countries, Ana affected hundreds of thousands of people, causing floods and devastating infrastructure.
Destroyed houses, schools and hospitals
10,000 homes and dozens of schools and hospitals were destroyed in the north and central part of Mozambique.
In Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, special shelters for the injured have been created in schools and gyms.
– We only brought the most important things – said Berthine Razafiarisoa, who took refuge in one of such places with her family of 10.
In Malawi, the storm initially led to severe power cuts. Electrical installations were damaged due to extensive flooding. Access to electricity has already been restored for a significant number of customers.
The tropical storm was also felt in South Africa and Zimbabwe, but fortunately no casualties were recorded there.
Heavy rainfall, worsening the situation, continues over some regions after a tropical storm has passed. Meanwhile, authorities warn of another element that has formed in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar. It is a tropical cyclone named Batsirai.
This is how climate change manifests itself
Mozambique and other South African countries have been hit many times in recent years by severe storms and cyclones, which have damaged infrastructure and contributed to the migration of large numbers of people
Experts believe storms are getting stronger as the water in the oceans warms up significantly due to climate change. In addition, rising sea levels make low-lying coastal areas vulnerable to threats.
– This last storm is a direct reminder that the climate crisis is a real problem for us – said Maria Luisa Fornara, representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Mozambique.
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