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Tropical Cyclone 13S (Gael) to Cause Heavy Damage to Madagascar

February 6th, 2009 Category: Rivers, Snapshots

West coast of Madagascar - February 6th, 2009

West coast of Madagascar - February 6th, 2009

While Tropical Cyclone 13S (Gael) approaches the east coast of Madagascar, the west coast remains clear for the moment. Several rivers are brown in color due to sediments.

Torrential rains and high winds are forecast for Madagascar as Gael moves towards the island.

The cyclone is expected to hit Madagascar near Toamasina (Tamatave), the country’s main port, on February 6th, with winds at speeds over 145 km/h (90 mph).

After landfall, Gael is forecast to weaken while tracking towards Antananarivo.

The main threat, according to the Swinden Group, will be widespread flooding caused by torrential rains, mudslides, and heavy damage to poorly constructed buildings and other infrastructure, including roads, communications, water, power, and sewage.

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