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Earth News: Madagascar

March 07, 2007
Since last December tropical storms and cyclones named Anita, Bondo, Clovis, Favio and Gamede have brought massive rain and strong winds on the island, causing significant flooding. 84,000 hectares of rice paddy has been destroyed. Around the city of Antananarivo, following severe floods, 20,000 people have fled their homes and are taking shelter in camps without adequate water and sanitation facilities. In some camps, there is only one temporary latrine for 600 people which greatly increases the risk of disease breaking out. Living conditions are difficult, especially for the children.


SOUTHERN AFRICA - On March 2 water levels on the Zambezi River near Katima Mulilo, in Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, reached a RECORD HIGH. Though the Caprivi Strip floods regularly during the rainy season, the floods usually peak in late March or April. In 2007, an UNUSUALLY early and intense rainy season drove flood waters higher than ever by early March. Six people have died in the floods, while thousands have been displaced and crops and settlements inundated. Click on Image to Enlarge photos taken March 4, 2007 and Dec. 01, 2006

SOUTH AMERICA - Torrential rain pounded Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru from December 2006 through February 2007, causing floods and landslides. Bolivia was particularly hard-hit with extensive flooding in late February and early March 2007. More than 40 people had been killed in the flooding, which also drove tens of thousands from their homes. Food crops and livestock were destroyed and the threat of water-borne diseases such as dengue fever, malaria, and tetanus escalated, causing the government to declare a national disaster in the eastern part of the country. The floods of 2007 were exceptional.
Click on Image to Enlarge Photos Taken March 5, 2007 and April 12, 2001.
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