On February 14, 2011 the category 3 tropical cyclone known as Bingiza ravished through Madagascar with wind speeds up to 115 mph. This cyclone destroyed several houses and buildings in the northern part of the big island before making its way into the Mozambique Channel where it was reduced to a tropical storm because of the much lower 40 mph winds. Even though the storm is being considered as a relatively weak one compared to other category 3 cyclones it still has done much damage even though it only claimed six lives. Bridges, roads, and other vital infrastructures were damaged, leaving many villages without access to food, water, and hospitals. The economic impact of this cyclone was also felt with many coffee and rice farms having been destroyed.