Prime Minister Charles Rabemananjara told reporters Cyclone Jaya struck northern Madagascar on Wednesday, flattening homes and destroying plantations, and he launched a one-month fund raising drive to help the victims.
"Half Sambava town was devastated," said one local official.
Last week, Madagascar appealed for $242 million to help tens of thousands of residents uprooted by Cyclone Indlala, which killed 80 people when it hit on March 15.
- Reuters - Thomson Reuters Foundation
- For more humanitarian news and analysis, please visit https://www.trust.org/alertnet