Cyclone Emnati, barrelling towards Madagascar, is expected to hit late on Tuesday with wind speeds of up to 170 kilometres per hour, the government’s meteorological department said, making it the fourth major storm to slam into the Indian Ocean island in a month.
Madagascar’s National Office for Risk and Disaster Management said nearly 275,000 people were in the cyclone’s path.
Tens of thousands of people have already been made homeless in this year’s cyclone season.
The island is still reeling from effects of Cyclone Batsirai, which hit on Feb. 5, killing 124 and damaging or destroying the homes of 124,000 people.
Around 30,000 more people were displaced.
Aid group Save the Children said Batsirai, Dumako and another storm, Ana, have destroyed just over 2,500 classrooms, preventing 133,600 children from attending school. –Rueters