Following the rock slope crumble on the night of Saturday, February 17, 2017 in Ampamarinana that caused the death of seven people and the destruction of three houses, more than 150 people evacuated the premises. Yet some people refuse any evacuation.
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Refusal of any evacuation by inhabitants in Ampamarinana
If solutions have been taken following this deadly prejudice, the occupants of the upper city seem in total panic.
“We have nowhere to go, here it is our home and we own it. Our papers are ruled and have lived here for over 30 years, “says Monique, an inhabitant in Ampamarinana.
“Refugees cannot remain permanently in sites prepared by the National Office of Disaster Risk Management (BNGRC) or their families,” said a man in the neighborhood.
According to the latest information, 23 blocks of rock are still to break to prevent the danger in Ampamarinana. On the other hand, rocks still suspended above and which have presented no threat of crumbling so far are in alteration and could crumble at any time. The evacuation of the inhabitants is vital, said the Institute and Geophysical Observatory of Antananarivo (IOGA) yesterday.
“The inhabitants of the place should leave this area as soon as possible and definitively to avoid another serious accident”, said the prefect of the police.
It was also explained that 4 rocks and 9 dwellings are to be demolished soon. The construction of houses on the slope is formally forbidden, he continues.
More than 100 people from Ampamarinana have been moved to the Public Primary School (EPP) in Mahamasina South, others to the SEBA center in Isotry, while some have preferred to pack their bags to settle with their families until the situation is solved. Since that tragic night, we have heard that six landslides have occurred. According to the explanations received, sensitizations have been done before, especially during the rainy season to avoid such an accident. And this is the third time the Ampamarinana Rock has fallen if the first one was in 1982.
Recall that seven dead, including four children and seven wounded, this is the balance of the crumbling of a rock with a height of about 7 tons in Ampamarinana, Saturday around 20 hours. Broken legs, arms and head were noticed on the remains. The latter transferred to Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona Hospital (HJRA).
Lightning fell on a big rock of 7 tons and crushed three houses, affirms Feno, an inhabitant of the district. “After the detonation of the lightning, we felt earthquakes. Then screams were heard”, he said.
“I was thrown by lightning and found myself outside my grocery store. I saw the rock carry the first floor of our house before falling on another downstairs. Unfortunately, the family of four including an 11-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl did not survive, “said Frederic Rakotondranaivo, a grocer who also lost his son in this drama.
For wanting to rescue operations, the Fokonolona, ??the gendarmerie, and the police stood together.
Following the tragedy on Saturday, Prime Minister Olivier Solonandrasana Mahafaly went on the spot accompanied by the Minister of State in charge of Presidential Projects and Spatial Planning to offer his condolences to the families of the victims during the collapse of the Saturday.
A tribute was paid to the victims at the Mahamasina Indoor Gymnasium and donations were made by the Antananarivo Urban Commune, the BNGRC and the Prime Minister himself.