Madagascar Dam Burst Forces Almost 4,000 People to Flee Homes

A dam burst in northwestern Madagascar after days of heavy rains and submerged two rural communities, forcing almost 4,000 people to flee their homes, the National Bureau for Risk and Disaster Management said.

Flooding displaced 3,925 from Mampikony, about 311 kilometers (193 miles) north of the capital, Antananarivo, and Mahajamba, the bureau said in an e-mailed statement Thursday. Rescue efforts are under way to avert potential casualties, it said.

Madagascar is the world’s biggest producer of vanilla, most of which is grown in the Sava region in the northeast of the country.

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