By Patrick Namisi –
Death toll from Tropical Cyclone Batsirai has risen, with at least 92 people killed in Madagascar, the National Office for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC) has confirmed.
At least five children under age 12 are among those reported dead, Save the Children said.
More than 112,100 people have been affected by the disaster, including nearly 61,500 people who remain displaced in 99 temporary accommodation sites, it added.
The cyclone’s wind and rains have caused considerable damage.
More than 17,000 houses, 2,000 classrooms and 59 health centres have been destroyed, damaged or flooded.
Emergency response teams are already providing relief, while the Madagascar government is coordinating other operations such as repairing damaged roads and removing fallen trees from roads and pathways.
An Emergency Cash Grant of $100,000 has been provided to the World Food Programme (WFP) by OCHA to enable the use of air assets for immediate priorities, including aerial assessments and movement of personnel and supplies.
Last week, WFP said Cyclone Batsirai had the potential to derail relief efforts that were underway in the aftermath of Cyclone Ana that hit Madagascar, Mozambique and Malawi earlier in January.