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Death toll from Storm Ana rises to 86

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TROPICAL Storm Ana has killed at least 86 people across southern and eastern Africa, with recovery operations still ongoing as another storm threatened more severe weather.

  Storm Ana passed over Madagascar on January 22, adding to days of already intense rainfall. The country declared a state of disaster on  Thursday night, reporting a rise in the death toll from Ana to 48, with people killed by landslides and collapsing buildings or washed away.

Ana then made landfall in Mozambique on January 24, where 18 have been reported dead, before moving inland to Malawi, where it triggered massive power cuts. Malawi’s death toll rose to 20 on Thursday. read more

  Across all three nations, Ana has affected hundreds of thousands of people and lead to widespread flooding and destruction, according to the United Nations.

UNICEF Representative in Mozambique, Maria Luisa Fornara, said “this latest storm…is a blunt reminder that the climate crisis is very much a reality.”

  The region has been repeatedly struck by severe storms and cyclones in recent years, destroying homes, infrastructure and crops and displacing large numbers of people.

  In some cases, communities still recovering are hit again, compounding the impacts. Experts say storms are becoming stronger and more frequent as waters warm due to climate change, with rising sea levels also making low-lying coastal areas vulnerable.

Yet, Mozambique’s National Institute of Meteorology today warned that another storm, dubbed Batsirai, is now travelling towards Africa’s east coast.

  According to a post on its website, Batsirai is a small system that presented no immediate threat to a group of islands to the east of Madagascar, including the French territory of Reunion, because it was still days away.

  The post also said the evolution of Batsirai’s intensity and trajectory remained uncertain. warned that Batsirai still had the potential to evolve into a severe tropical storm.

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