Death Tolls Climbs After Tropical Cyclone Ana Passed Through Southern Africa

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The humanitarian commission of the European Commission announced that over 80 people have died and many more are affected following the hit of Tropical Cyclone Ana across Africa.

The European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) has reported that Madagascar, a country that is currently experiencing prolonged drought conditions, has been most seriously affected, with 41 deaths so far and over 110 thousand people impacted. However, ECHO didn’t give any details on where these unfortunate incidents took place in their latest update.

The South African Weather Service has issued a statement that Ana, the tropical cyclone which made landfall Monday in Angoche Mozambique, also affected Malawi and Madagascar. 

The death of roughly 15 people and the impact on 45,000 others came down on Mozambique. While in Malawi, 11 individuals were killed, with about 217,000 victims affected, according to ECHO. 

Rivers have overflowed due to heavy rainfall, and floods and landslides caused casualties and extensive damage, says the reports. 

According to the South African Weather Service, though Ana has reduced in intensity, Malawi and Zambia could still experience heavy showers during the weekend.

A spokeswoman of the World Food Programme said that agricultural land, main infrastructure, and homes had been wrecked with lives lost, as well as livelihoods. 

“Southern African countries have been repeatedly struck by severe storms and cyclones in recent years that have impacted food security, destroyed livelihoods and displaced large numbers of people,” she added. 

A great number of African regions have fought catastrophic floods for the past few years as they face double concerns of prolonged drought and a growing rainfall intensity, which results in prime flooding conditions.

The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change recently released a report that revealed some terrible news about the future of Africa. As climate change continues to raise temperatures across Earth, all areas, including southern regions, are predicted to experience heavier rains and more droughts as we move forward into what’s called “a warmer progression.”

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Liam Sanderford

Liam is currently taking his master’s degree in Information Science. He’s an avid supporter of LGBTQIA+ rights and access to information and free education for the marginalized sectors.

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