Residents of the flooded area of Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, returned for fear of seeing the remains of their homes and crops three days after the tropical cyclone Anna forgave them.
Floods have killed 51 people on a large Indian Ocean island in southeastern Africa since the 10-day heavy rains began on January 17.
Last week, a storm struck east of Madagascar, causing floods and landslides, affecting about 130,000 people and many losing their homes overnight.
Announcer then struck Mozambique and Malawi in mainland Africa, killing 90 people in three countries.
Rescue teams are still fighting to access areas where roads and bridges were washed away after a storm cut off tens of thousands of people and power was cut off.
A common floating plant called tsifakona, which travels by makeshift boats, small groups row in the water, and are usually fed to pigs.
Some people refused to use 300 Madagascar Ali Ali ($ 0.08) for transportation and were forced to carry their children while the water level remained high.
“When I got up at 3am and went to the bathroom, I found my house full of water,” said 66-year-old Ulrich Tsontsozafy.
Recalling the trials from the top of a mountain of chairs in a flooded room, retired soldiers are trying to find a way to keep their feet out of the water at all times.
“It ruins your skin.
It rubs and infects, “he said of the flood, showing a fine white film that developed on the skin between the toes.
Residents of the Betsimitta Tatra Plain, a wetland in Antananarivo, are accustomed to living with water, usually thanks to the ingenious wooden pontoon system that connects the homes.
However, the storm swallows everything with brownish water and smells of silt. Meanwhile, the rat seeking food was swimming on the surface of the water for several days.
Paddy fields, coconut trees and avocado trees in Tsontsozafy have been destroyed.
His wife, Juliet Etati, 65, managed to save a bag of rice and piled up pots and clothes on a mountain that reached the ceiling.
Their granddaughter, Luciana, 17, remembered waking up in the middle of the night with her feet submerged in water.
“The first thing I thought of was my school notebook,” she said.
Gymnasiums and schools in the capital were recruited and became emergency shelters.
However, the family preferred to catch Covid-19 in a crowded space and not be afraid to leave the house vulnerable to robbery and elements.
Unemployed 42-year-old Toky Ny Nosy evacuated to school because he thought the weight of the flood was about to collapse his house.
She also suffered from asthma and said that water interfered with her proper breathing.
Despite returning to the neighborhood every day for almost two weeks, the water still reaches her waist.
Hundreds of families gathered in a classroom converted into an emergency shelter watching the arrival of a truck loaded with food in the evening.
But “not enough,” Toky said.
http://www.gulf-times.com/story/708913/Storm-leaves-trail-of-destruction-in-Madagascar Storm leaves traces of destruction in Madagascar