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Monday, 10 April, 2000, 15:38 GMT 16:38 UK
Madagascar's vanilla crop ravaged by storms

A violent cyclone which hit Madagascar earlier this month destroyed at least half of the island's vanilla crop.

A spokesman for the local vanilla industry said Cyclone Hudah had ravaged nearly eighty percent of the plantations in Antalaha, the world centre of vanilla production, and in nearby Andapa.

The spokesman said it would take an estimated three years to restore production to its previous levels.

A UN Development Programme representative in Madagascar said Antalaha had been so badly battered by the storm that it looked like a war-zone At least thirteen people died earlier this month when Cyclone Hudah swept across the island.

Some fifty-thousand people were left homeless.

Cyclone Hudah was the third tropical storm to hit Madagascar in less than two months.

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