The death toll from Cyclone Batsirai stands in Madagascar rose to 120 by Friday, according to a tally from the state disaster relief agency.
Batsirai which hit the Indian Ocean island late on Saturday last week, was Madagascar’s second destructive storm in two weeks. It receded late on Sunday.
87 deaths had occurred in the Ikongo district in southeast Madagascar, the state disaster relief agency said, adding that it was still collecting details about what has happened in the area.
The cyclone left about 124,000 people with their homes damaged or destroyed, and some 30,000 more displaced and camping at 108 sites.
Road closures caused by the landslides meant it could take up to five more days to reach all of the affected villages from Batsirai, German private aid organisation Welthungerhilfe said.
Rescue teams from Germany, France and other countries are helping local efforts.
On the other hand, it’s not all sad news coming from the island nation of Madagascar.
Some water sellers are grateful for the heavy rains that fell when the cyclone hit.
With a population of nearly 30 million, South of the Island had been struggling with food shortages, a consequence of a severe and prolonged drought.
Sudden precipitation means the sellers can sell more water to drivers heading to the city of Ambovombe.
Sales equals money available to buy food. Residents were forced to resort to eating wild plants.