Dozens Die as Storm Ana Hits Malawi, Mozambique, and Madagascar

In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Ana, Southern Africa has been ravaged by floods, which has claimed the lives of more than 70 people.

At least 48 people have died in Madagascar, and 130,000 more have been forced to evacuate their homes and seek refuge in improvised shelters.

At least 11 individuals have died in Malawi. The country has been without electricity for many days, and certain parts have been declared disaster zones.

Meanwhile, 18 people have died in Mozambique.

However, officials believe the exact number is still unknown, with 20,000 people affected by the disaster.

Ana wreaked havoc in Mozambique, destroying 10,000 houses as well as dozens of schools and clinics and knocking off electricity lines.

Even after the storm passed, heavy rain and thunderstorms continued to fall in certain areas, contributing to the flooding.

Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosário stated that his country was not asking for assistance, but that the task was more than any single country’s ability to address.

He also mentioned the rising frequency and severity of extreme weather occurrences.

“We are a country that contributes little to climate change, yet we are one of the countries that suffers the most from its consequences,” he remarked.

He has appealed for international assistance, and Unicef, the United Nations’ children’s agency, has said that it will send employees to the country to assist the anticipated 45,000 people who will require humanitarian assistance.

Myrta Kaulard, the UN Resident Coordinator in Mozambique, stated that “vulnerability is very, very high.”

“It’s a huge undertaking, an incredible challenge,” she remarked.

Malawi has proclaimed the country to be in the midst of a natural catastrophe.

As the water level increased, floods wreaked havoc on electrical infrastructure and residences, leaving besieged cities in the dark. After days of outages, many people have begun to regain power.

Thousands of people have been displaced and injured, and 44 emergency camps have been put up to help them.

“This is a disaster. Look, my corn crop has been completely buried. I planted one acre and a half. The crop has completely depleted “Reuters spoke with Roben Mphassa, a farmer in Malawi’s Chikwawa region.

“This is the second calamity I’ve encountered in my life. But the worst is yet to come.”

Noria Kananji claimed the storm ripped the roof off her house and wrecked four dwellings nearby.

Madagascar was the first country to be devastated by the hurricane, which slammed on Monday, and has the most verified dead. In Antananarivo’s city, schools and gyms have been converted into emergency shelters for the displaced.

Berthine Razafiarisoa, who took refuge in one with his 10-person family, told the AFP news agency, “We simply packed our most vital items.”

Meanwhile, regional weather agencies have warned that another storm is forming in the Indian Ocean, which might materialize in the coming days.

It would be the first of numerous such storms forecast before the season’s end in two months.

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