Deadly cyclone ripping through island nations seen from space (VIDEOS) — RT World News

An estimated 4.5 million people live in the path of a tropical storm that has already devastated large areas

The last intense cyclone slammed into several countries in the Indian Ocean, causing death and devastation. Batsirai hit Madagascar over the weekend, with gusts reaching 146 miles per hour (235 km/h).

At least six people have been killed in Madagascar and nearly 48,000 displaced after the storm hit, AFP reported on Sunday, citing the national disaster management agency.

Coastal areas were hit by particularly high waves, while strong winds and rains devastated the east coast, causing “significant and widespread damage”. Entire villages were destroyed by the storm, officials said, adding there was a greater risk of landslides and flooding. The storm even ripped open graves in cemeteries.

Before making landfall in Madagascar, which is still recovering from another major tropical storm, Ana, which killed dozens of people and affected more than 130,000 last month, Batsirai passed through Mauritius and the French territory of La Reunion, and is expected to move west. The cyclone put some 4.5 million people at risk in its path, according to the Automatic Disaster Analysis and Mapping (ADAM) alert developed by the World Food Program (WFP).

Live satellite images of the cyclone were shared by Zoom Earth Track, showing the storm above the large Indian Ocean island.

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