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Update:Cyclone toll reaches 69

Breaking Tropical Storm News: Madagascar

March 23, 2007

Satellite Image: Tropical Cyclone Boloetse over Madagascar, February 2006

A TOTAL of 69 people were killed and more than 77,000 left homeless after a cyclone struck northern Madagascar last week, authorities said overnight in a sharp upward revision of the toll.

The BNGRC said 77,674 people were made homeless, up from 53,750. In addition, 17 bridges and 40 public buildings had been damaged, and 8000 hectares (20,000 acres) of ricefields destroyed.
Cyclone Indlaha is by far the deadliest of the six to have hit Madagascar so far this season.
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