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23 Jan 2020 | 11:14 AM UTC

Madagascar: Floods in Madagascar leave 12 dead, 18 missing as of January 23

Flooding in Madagascar leaves 12 dead and 18 more missing as of January 23; associated disruptions expected

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Event

Recent heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding across Madagascar has killed 12 people and left 18 others missing as of Thursday, January 23. Several buildings, including the University of Antananarivo, were destroyed in severe flooding across several districts of Antananarivo. Mahajanga municipality also experienced significant infrastructure damage as a result of floodwaters. Rain is forecast to continue across the country through Thursday.

Associated disruptions, including transportation disruptions, infrastructure damages, and power outages, are likely in the affected areas over the coming days.  

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.