Madagascar tropical storm claims 46 lives

A NASA satellite photo shows Tropical Cyclone Bansi off Madagascar on January 14, 2015 (AFP Photo/)

Antananarivo (AFP) – A tropical storm which battered Madagascar at the weekend left 46 people dead, according to a final toll published by the authorities on Wednesday.

More than 120,000 people were also affected by Storm Chedza which lashed the Indian Ocean island with heavy rains for days, according to the national disaster management office.