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Alarm as toxic fish kill at least 8 in Madagascar

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At least eight people have died after consuming toxic sardines in northern Madagascar, reports said.

A journalist at Radio Faniry Antsiranana, Ms Arinà Ramanantsoa, said at least, eight people had died while over 20 others were in a critical condition after eating toxic sardines.

“The first victims were taken to the hospital around mid-night Thursday. The number of the confirmed victims was 19, out of which died at home,” reported Ms Ramanantsoa from Antsiranana, the regional capital.

She said the death toll rose to eight on Friday afternoon.

“One of the dead was a child aged six while another 20 were under intensive care at hospitals, including the military hospital,” said Ms Ramanantsoa.

Coral system

Medical source corroborated that the tragedy was caused by the consumption of toxic sardines.

Consequently, the residents of the northern coastal area have been warned against catching small marine fish for food.

Being the world’s third biggest coral system, Madagascar is a home to a variety of marine species. However, research has shown that coral reefs were in advanced stage of deterioration because of environmental degradation and climate change.

This degradation has resulted in the proliferation of the macro seaweeds that in turn poison aquatic animals which feed on them.

Market places

Northern Madagascar authorities have since imposed a ban on fishing, selling and eating of any of the suspected fish species.

They have reinforced control and ordered the immediate destruction of stocks collected from the market places too.

Residents were also urged to report to health centres any suspected cases of disease.

The deaths

Deaths from the consumption of marine foods were common in the coastal areas of Madagascar.

Usually, a ban on fishing was imposed from November 1 to March 31, the period toxic seaweeds flourish, following a 1965 government decree.

The restriction affects 67 fish species, but due to poverty and food shortage, communities living along the coastline often ignore the ban, hence the deaths.

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Court ruling that upheld Tshisekedi’s election restores Internet in DR Congo.

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Internet was restored across the DRC on Sunday after the Constitutional Court’s affirmation of Felix Tshisekedi as president-elect.

The service was cut twenty days ago with the government defending the move as part of efforts to preserve national security. It was to avert the publication of unofficial results of the December 30, 2018 polls.



An RFI journalist covering the country also reported that the French broadcaster’s signal had been restored in the capital, Kinshasa after it was disrupted about three weeks ago without an official explanation.

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Meanwhile reports indicate that Tuesday January 22 has been slated as the day of investiture of the new president. Tshisekedi will take over from Joseph Kabila who has been president for the past 18 years.

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There are largely three possible outcomes according to legal experts seized with the issue. An affirmation, an annulment or a call for rerun of the polls.

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Nigeria: Hip Hop star Harrysong reconciles with E-money, Kcee

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Popular Nigerian singer, Harrison Tare Okiri also known as Harrysong has finally reconciled with his former label mate, Kcee, and boss, E-money.




Harrysong who declared that he will never bite the finger that fed him, wrote on Instagram, “I had a great time at my listening party yesterday and it gave me time to reflect as I watched my young bro Skiibii perform his hit song Sensima

The ‘Under the duvet’ crooner said he had to make peace with himself by resolving issues with those who made impact in his life.

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“Making peace with yourself begins with your ability to face your truth.

“My journey will never be complete without Kcee and Emoney you were part of the vessels that God used to change my story.

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“I appreciate you both, I was hurt and reacted at the time but regardless of what happened, I recognise the impact you made in my life.

“Never bite the finger that fed you my people…let love lead.” he concluded.

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