(ANSA) – LILONGWE, JAN 28 – At least 86 dead in Madagascar, Mozambique and Malawi are the toll from the passage of the tropical storm Ana which devastated the three countries of southern Africa, leaving tens of thousands of people without electricity and in makeshift shelters. Rescue teams struggled to access affected regions where roads and bridges were literally wiped out.
In Malawi, where 20 people died, the Disaster Management Department said that due to impassable roads, many families had to carry the bodies on foot for their burial, without being able to use the means.
President Lazarus Chakwera has declared a state of emergency. Some regions of the country are still without electricity.
The tropical storm brought torrential rains that have lost intensity today. Ana touched Madagascar on Monday before arriving in Mozambique and Malawi. 48 people died on the big island, while 72,000 lost their homes. 18 deaths have been reported in Mozambique. Unicef reported that 10,500 homes were damaged, along with 12 health facilities and 137 schools. (HANDLE).
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