Heavy Rain Turns Antananarivo Into a City of Landslides


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While residents of Antananarivo living near to the city’s rivers are suffering from the recent floods, those in the hillsides now live in fear of deadly landslides.

Madagascar’s disaster management agency, Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et des Catastrophes (BNGRC) has warned of possible widespread landslides in the capital Antananarivo.

Days of heavy rain have made slopes and hillsides around the city dangerously unstable. According to BNGRC, areas most at risk are Ambolokandrina, Ankatso and the slopes around Manjakamiadana.

Antananarivo Landslide Photos

BNGRC say that they are working with technical to carry out in-depth analyzes of the risks of landslides. The photos below were taken from a helicopter by the BNGRC assessment team. The numerous patches of bare earth dotted around the hillsides, sometimes partly covered with plastic or other material by locals to help stabilise the soil, indicate the location of recent landslides (some landslide locations have been marked in red by BNGRC).

Photo credits: Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et des Catastrophes, Madagascar

Three regions of Madagascar have been suffering from heavy rain and flooding since 26 February. At least 20 people are thought to have died in the floods.