9 dead, 1 400 left homeless as Tropical Cyclone "Belna" makes landfall in Madagascar
Tropical Cyclone "Belna" made a devastating landfall in northern Madagascar at 12:00 UTC on Monday, December 9, 2019, with maximum sustained winds of 149 km/h (90 mph) and bursts of rapid intensification prior to reaching the coast. At least nine were killed by floods, three others are missing, and more than 1 400 were left homeless from the first tropical storm of the season.
Belna blew into the western town of Soalala where houses were partially or totally damaged. Floods also engulfed the residential properties, according to Col. Elack Olivier Andiakaja of the national catastrophe management office on Tuesday, December 10.