January 15, 2018 / 6:35 AM / 2 years ago

Madagascar cyclone death toll rises to 51, with thousands displaced

Fallen trees are seen on the street in the aftermath of tropical cyclone Ava in Toamasina, Madagascar, January 5, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. FACEBOOK/TSIRYNANTSO /via REUTERS

ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - The death toll from a cyclone that hit Madagascar about 10 days ago has risen to 51, with another 22 people reported missing, authorities said on Sunday.

Tropical Cyclone Ava passed through Madagascar on Jan. 5-6, hitting mostly the eastern coast of the island with wind speeds of between 140-190 kph (87-119 mph).

The death toll had been put at about 29 people a week ago.

The National Office of Risk and Disaster Management said in a statement on Sunday more 54,000 people were displaced by the cyclone.

In March 2017, Cyclone Enawo killed at least 78 people on Madagascar’s vanilla-producing northeastern coast.

Reporting by Lovasoa Rabary; Writing by Clement Uwiringiyimana; Editing by Paul Tait

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