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.

Hurricane Ingrid, tropical storm Manuel combine to kill 20 in Mexico

Mexican marines carry an elderly woman to a shelter

Mexican marines carry an elderly woman to a shelterafter her home was flooded by rains caused by tropical storm Manuel.     AFP: Pedro Pardo

(AFP) At least 20 people have been killed and thousands more forced to evacuate as Hurricane Ingrid and tropical storm Manuel triggered rain, landslides and floods in Mexico.

The systems soaked large swathes of the country, causing rivers to swell, flooding streets and damaging bridges as they flanked the coasts, with Manuel in the Pacific and Ingrid in the Gulf of Mexico.

The storms were blamed for at least 14 deaths in the south-eastern state of Guerrero and six in the central states of Puebla and Hidalgo, officials said.

In Guerrero, more than 2,000 people left their homes while 21,000 households were without power, state civil protection official Constantino Gonzales Vargas said.

Of the 14 fatalities, six people were killed when their van’s driver lost control due to a lack of visibility on a slippery road as they made their way to the resort city of Acapulco, he said.

Six others died in landslides and the collapse of walls in three Guerrero towns.

Two more people drowned when they were swept away by a swollen river in the state capital Chilpancingo.

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