The island of Madagascar is recovering after its ninth cyclone of the year, which left at least two dead, thousands homeless and ruined vast areas of farmland.
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Background: The island of Madagascar is recovering after its ninth cyclone of the year, which left at least two dead, thousands homeless and ruined vast areas of farmland.
The cyclone, code-named "Ines" swept in over the east coast of the island with winds reaching 95 miles an hour (150 km/h). Crops and housing were destroyed and there was flooding right up to the high ground.
The capital, Tananarive -- situated about 190 miles (300 kilometres) from the centre of the cyclone, which ravaged the east coast -- was not spared.
All the lower areas and suburbs immediately around the capital were overwhelmed by flood waters when rivers nearby burst their banks.
People, forced to evacuate their flooded or undermined houses, were temporarily sheltered in churches and schools, or set up in temporary camps.
Crop devastation was particularly severe -- especially rice. And now his year's harvest is in danger of being lost.
In the region of Lake Alcotra, one of the major rice-growing areas, more than 1,200 acres (3,000 hectares) of paddy fields were inundated and 6,000 tons of already-harvested grain was spoiled.