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Tropical storm batters Madagascar

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At least two people died and hundreds were left homeless in Madagascar, as Cyclone Ivan brought chaos. The cyclone hit the north-east coast on Sunday with winds of around 200 kph, bringing with it torrential rain. The cyclone knocked out mobile phone and radio networks. The unexpected communications blackout means the fate of nine people, reportedly trapped in a collapsed hotel on Sainte Marie, remains uncertain. The authorities say every area that the cyclone has passed through is now experiencing flooding. Roads into the worst affected areas have been washed away. The storm is now moving down the west coast of Madagascar and heading for Mozambique on the African mainland.
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