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21 Jan 2019 | 06:48 AM UTC

Madagascar: Heavy rain kills nine in Antananarivo Jan. 19-20

Heavy rain in Antananarivo kills nine January 19-20; further rain likely

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Event

Heavy rains in the capital Antananarivo have killed nine people and lead to significant housing damages overnight January 19-20. Further rain are expected in the coming days; related flooding is possible. Associated transportation disruptions and power outages are also possible.

Context

Flooding is common in Madagascar, particularly during the rainy season (November to April), and can result in significant transportation disruptions, structural damage, and loss of life.

Advice

Individuals present in Madagascar are advised to monitor local weather reports and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.

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