Tropical Cyclone "Ava" causes floods and landslides, leaves 29 dead

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Tropical Cyclone "Ava" reached a peak intensity of 167 km/h (103 mph), an equivalent to Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, just hours before it made landfall over Toamasina, Madagascar on January 5, 2018. Heavy rain was falling across northern Madagascar since January 3 and increased with the landfall, producing deadly floods and landslides. 

"On a national scale, the provisional toll is 29 dead, 22 missing, 17 170 displaced and 83 023 affected," the National Bureau for Risk and Catastrophe Management (BNGRC) said in a statement. 

There are no less than 20 000 extensive damage claims.

Among the worst hit areas are the capital Antananarivo, where more than 3 200 people were evacuated from their homes. 

Tropical Cyclone Ava Meteo Madagascar trajectory January 8, 2018Tropical Cyclone Ava at 13:00 UTC on January 8, 2018

Tropical Cyclone Ava at 13:00 UTC on January 8, 2018. Credit: EUMETSAT/Meteosat

The center of the cyclone has now left the island nation and there are no more alerts in effect.

It was located 835 km (520 miles) SW of Saint-Denis, Reunion as of 09:00 UTC, January 8, and was tracking southward at 13 km/h (8 mph) over the past six hours. Its maximum sustained winds were 74 km/h (46 mph) with gusts to 93 km/h (58 mph). 

Tropical Cyclone Ava JTWC forecast track at 09:00 UTC on January 8, 2018

Ava is expected to reach a peak intensity of 83 km/h (52 mph) by 09:00 UTC, January 9 and continue tracking southward over the next 12 hours. Extra-tropical transition is expected to begin by 09:00 UTC, January 10 and complete by 09:00, January 11. This will be the end of Ava and its interaction with landmass.

Featured image: Tropical Cyclone "Ava" on January 8, 2018. Credit: NASA Terra/MODIS

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