Cyclone Giovanna kills 3 on Madagascar

AP News
Posted: Feb 14, 2012 12:52 PM
Cyclone Giovanna kills 3 on Madagascar

Officials in Madagascar say a cyclone that hit the Indian Ocean island left three people dead.

Cyclone Giovanna struck land about 1 a.m. Tuesday, bringing heavy rain and high winds. About 70 families, including 45 in the capital, were flooded out of their homes.

According to national disaster officials, one of the dead was struck by an electricity pylon toppled by high winds in Brickaville, some 160 miles (260 kilometers) east of the capital, Antananarivo. The collapse of a house in Brickaville killed another victim there, and a third drowned in Moramanga, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of Antananarivo.

The worst of the storm was over by afternoon.