MADRID, Jan. 24 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The balance of deaths due to torrential rains and floods recorded during the last days in Madagascar has risen to 21, as confirmed by the authorities, who have indicated that another 20 people remain missing.
The prime minister's office, Christian Ntsay, has said in a statement that seven regions have been “severely beaten by huge catastrophes such as floods, landslides, roadblocks and breakage of levees.”
Thus, he has detailed that the affected regions are those of Alaotra Mangoro, Analamanga, Betsiboka, Boeny, Diana, Melaky and Sofia, in which about 80,000 people have been affected by these events.
Given this situation, the authorities have declared “the national accident” and have asked the “national actors and international partners to come to the aid of the Malagasy people for emergency relief activities.”
The spokesman of the Executive, Lalatiana Andriatongarivo, stressed that the authorities have already begun the evaluation operations to determine the amount of help needed in the affected areas, where they have begun to send, stores, food, medicines and kits for purification of the water.
Torrential rains hit the country a month after the passage of cyclone 'Belna' in the northwest of the country, which left at least one dead and caused serious flooding in the city of Soalala, where it touched down.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) highlighted in December that the climatic conditions in the Indian Ocean are currently favorable for the formation of such systems.
This is due to the interconnection of the Indian Ocean Dipole – the regional version of 'The Child' – and a “favorable phase” of the Madden and Julian Oscillation – an oscillation between seasons of precipitation patterns.