March 13, 2007
Fourth tropical cyclone in four months is nearing the coast - Tropical cyclone 'Indlala' is projected to hit Madagascar on Thursday, but with the island still picking itself up after a string of natural disasters, government and relief agencies are already overstretched. Erratic weather patterns have seen large areas of the northwest, west and southeast of the island flooded by torrential rains, while harvests in the south have been devastated by drought. "WORLD RECORDS OF PRECIPITATION have been beaten" by Cyclone Gamede, which brought the HEAVIEST RAINFALL IN 27 YEARS. Indlala is just off the island's northeastern coast, but its predicted course will most likely take it down along the eastern coast past the country's second city, Toamasina. At the end of February, cyclone Gamede was also predicted to hit Toamasina but then it deviated south.