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Yearbook 2017

Madagascar. In March, the tropical cyclone Enawo pulled over Madagascar with torrential rain and winds of over 62 meters per second in the wind villages. At least 78 people lost their lives and about 250,000 people destroyed their homes. According to, the weather hit the island when the country was already wrestling with the effects of a drought that pushed up the price of rice, which led to the risk of food shortages in especially the southern part of the country.

2017 Madagascar

In August, a new plague epidemic broke out and, unlike previous years, affected several different areas, including major cities. By November, at least 2,000 people had been infected by the dreaded disease, of which about 170 had died. Most had suffered from lung plague. The World Health Organization distributed 1.2 million doses of antibiotics and the Red Cross trained hundreds of volunteers who spread information on preventive measures. Madagascar is one of the few countries where plague is still prevalent. The disease can be treated with antibiotics. Without treatment, mortality is 80-100%.

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