Madagascar has been hit by Cyclone Enawo with the death toll rising to 50, and 53,000 displaced while about 180 people have been injured in the northeastern region of the country. The Red Cross has reported that up to 700,000 people could be affected by the cyclone.

The meteorologists said this is the strongest cyclone to hit Madagascar in 13 years.

Cyclone Ewaso is a massive tropical storm packing winds gusting as a high as 300 kilometer per hour, and central pressure of 925 millibars, making it equivalent to the powerful category four of the Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast of the United States in 2005.

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Cyclone Ewaso has had devastating effects on Madagascar’s economy and rendered thousands homeless, the Madagascar National Television reports.

The Island Madagascar

Madagascar is a huge island nation situated southeast coast of Africa and is the fourth largest island in the world and famed for its  unique wildlife and animal species, such as lemurs, found nowhere else, plus rain forests, beaches and reefs.

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Traditionally, Madagascar’s economy relies heavily on the cultivation of paddy rice, coffee, vanilla and cloves.

Despite the wealth of natural resources and a tourism industry driven by its unique environment, the country remains one of the world’s poorest and it is heavily dependent on foreign aid.