Madagascar in its third year of drought
“The damage is enormous wherever the cyclone has gone,” Thierry Venty, executive secretary of the National Bureau of Risk and Disaster Management, said late on Friday on national television.
Officials say the full extent of the damage is not yet known because of a breakdown in telecommunications which has made it hard to contact rural communities.
Enawo is also expected to have a big impact on the country’s economy, with vanilla farmers in the northeast region of Sava, which produces about half of the world’s output, predicting a very bad harvest.
Enawo brought heavy rains and winds in excess of 225 kilometers per hour – the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane.
It has weakened since making landfall and has now been reclassified as a tropical depression that is moving southwards, away from the island.
Source: News agencies