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death toll rises to 96 in madagascar after cyclone

Death toll rose to 96 after cyclone Batsirai made landfall in Nosy Varika, Madagascar on February 5.  The cyclone slammed into the southern east of the country, where houses were destroyed and damaged. More than 150,000 people have become homeless, and 650,000 others are estimated to be affected by the cyclone, officials have reported. Power outages hit the area as power lines were damaged.

The World Food Program (WFP) distributed food to those staying in the shelters in Manakara and Tamatave. No food and shelter shortage reported in the cyclone-affected regions of the country, where the number of deaths is expected to rise.

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