The government of Madagascar has declared a national disaster in the face of ongoing torrential rain and flooding in the country.
The National Office for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC) said that as many as 26 people have now died as a result of the recent severe weather, with 15 people reported missing.
Almost 93,000 people have now been affected, with the regions of Alaotra Mangoro (3 fatalities), Analamanga, Betsiboka (9), Boeny (13), Diana, Melaky and Sofia (1) among the worst affected.
Flooding and heavy rains have also caused severe material damages, in particular to housing. According to BNGRC, more than 10,000 homes have been flooded, with 46 completely destroyed. National roads are still cut in several locations. BNGRC said around 12,000 people have been displaced.
The government has distributed food, water treatment kits and medicine to affected areas and President Andry Rajoelina visited affected areas on 24 January. Rajoelina said many had been rescued by boats and helicopters but there still more victims in desperate need of help and relief.