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CYCLONE FREDDY LANDFALLS IN MADAGASCAR KILLING ATLEAST ONE

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At least one person has died after a tropical cyclone battered Madagascar’s east coast, with heavy rain and powerful winds tearing roofs off houses and triggering a storm surge.

Cyclone Freddy made landfall on Tuesday, weeks after another tropical storm killed 33 and left thousands without shelter.

Schools have been shut and traffic has been suspended.

The Indian Ocean island nation is particularly vulnerable to cyclones.

Officials also said 7,000 people had been pre-emptively evacuated from the coastal region directly in Freddy’s path, and warnings waves could reach over 8m (26ft) were issued by the International Federation of Red Cross.

Cyclone Freddy is forecasted to cross the ocean from Madagascar and make landfall in Mozambique, before potentially moving further inland to hit Zimbabwe.

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