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Cyclone Jade Kills Nine In Madagascar April 10, 2009
Cyclone Jade can be seen swirling down Madagascar's northeastern coast on Monday
Cyclone Jade slammed into the northeastern coast of Madagascar as the country was still reeling from months of political instability as well as destruction left by two other cyclones from earlier this year.

International relief organizations say that the storm killed at least nine people and left hundreds homeless.

Trees were uprooted and power was knocked out as Jade made landfall on Monday on the island's northeast coast with minimal hurricane-force winds.

A spokeswoman for the World Food Program in Madagascar complained that the unstable political situation has left many national institutions, including those responsible for disaster relief, ‘non-operational.’

Political infighting ousted President Marc Ravalomanana and replaced him last month with his rival, Andry Rajoelina. That move, backed by the military, has drawn international condemnation.

In a cyclone season that starts in December and generally ends in April, Madagascar has already been hit by two named storms.

Eric struck the east coast on January 18, followed by Fanele, which made landfall on the west coast two days later. Extensive damage and flooding across the island affected more than 60,000 people and left more than 4,000 homeless, according to U.N. estimates.

Cyclone Jade Track

Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS