Madagascar Floods – More Rain, Death Toll Rises, Antananarivo Remains on Alert

More heavy rainfall in Madagascar over the last 24 hours threatens to worsen the flood situation for the 3 regions already suffering (Alaotra Mangoro, Analamanga and Vakinankaratra) and bring flooding to other parts of the country.

Mananjary in Vatovavy-Fitovinany region saw 95 mm of rain in 24 hours between 03 and 04 March, according to WMO. Ambohitsilaozana in Alaotra-Mangoro Region saw 88 mm of rain in the same period.

Antananarivo

Antananarivo is still on a red alert for possible flooding. As of BNGRC’s latest report (03 March 2015, 19:00 local time) further rainfall has meant that levels of the Imamba, Sisaony and Ikopa rivers have started to climb again.

BNGRC are also warning of the threat of landslides in the slopes and hillsides of the city.

Death Toll Rises

There has been one further death since our earlier report, with the death toll from the Madagascar floods now standing at 20.

At least 71,854 people have been affected by the flooding, with 38,498 people displaced. 581 homes have been destroyed and 1,698 damaged in the flooding. BNGRC say that 6,339 hectares of crops, mostly rice, has been destroyed.

13 districts across the 3 regions of Alaotra Mangoro, Analamanga and Vakinankaratra have been affected by the floods. The recent heavy rainfall may widen the affected areas.

Disease

There is also fear of increased disease in the flood affected areas. BNGRC warned that drinking water contaminated by floods, standing water attracting mosquitoes and uncollected garbage in the flood zones may all add to the increase of diseases such as malaria, dengue and cholera. Recent floods in Malawi and Mozambique have resulted in outbreaks of cholera amongst flood victims.