Another cyclone kills three in Madagascar

Thu Apr 5, 2007 4:46am EDT

ANTANANARIVO, April 5 (Reuters) - A cyclone has killed three people in Madagascar weeks after 80 others died when an earlier storm hit the Indian Ocean island, officials said on Thursday.

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.

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