Floods in Madagascar
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Floods in Madagascar

February 17, 2004
Mud-rich water gushes off the northwestern shore of Madagascar in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Elita in these true- and false-color Terra MODIS images (roll your mouse over the true-color image to see the false-color version). The storm first came ashore near this area on January 29. Elita drifted down the west coast, and then pulled back into the Mozambique Channel, where it hovered offshore for many days, dropping as much as 20 inches of rain in northwestern Madagascar. On February 3, Elita cut across the island for a second time, spinning out into the Indian Ocean on February 4. By the time the storm passed, 18,000 people were left homeless and 6 died, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The intense rains destroyed buildings and pushed rivers to overflowing.

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