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Nine Dead in Madagascar Floods


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Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:33 GMT

Nine people were reported dead in Madagascar's capital of Antanarivo after heavy rains and floods swept away houses, according to AFP citing an official report on January 20th..

"During an emergency operation in the district of Tsimialonjafy, we found five bodies," according to the city's fire brigade.

"On Sunday, by 5:00 pm (1400 GMT) four other bodies were discovered under the rubble," it added.

Locals alerted the emergency services to the sudden flooding on Saturday evening.

At least five houses collapsed and were washed away, according to officials.

More than two-thirds of Madagascar's 25 million people live in extreme poverty.

Madagascar's new President Andry Rajoelina, who was sworn in on January 19th, has promised to establish independent bodies to combat the Indian Ocean island nation's widespread corruption.

Rajoelina, who led the country from 2009 to 2014 in a transitional government following a military coup, told a crowd in the capital that for the first time since independence Madagascar was seeing a peaceful, democratic transfer of power between two elected leaders.

The 44-year-old Rajoelina won in a runoff after the high constitutional court rejected all complaints filed over the results. Rival candidate and former President Marc Ravalomanana had alleged massive fraud on election day but later congratulated Rajoelina on his win.