Cyclone ‘FREDDY’ To Hit Mozambique On Thursday

By Jorge Joaquim

Current projections indicate that ‘Freddy’ is expected to hit Mozambique in the stage of a severe tropical storm late thursday from Inhambane province, between Inhassoro and Vilankulo districts, bringing heavy rains and winds of 120 km/h and gusts of up to 160 km/h, warns Mozambique’s Metrology Institute INAM.

Currently, the tropical cyclone has weakened to the stage of tropical depression and is in the mainland region of Madagascar, with winds of 55 Km/h and gusts up to 75 Km/h, moving at a speed of 30 Km/h towards the Mozambique Channel, where it is expected to arrive later wednesday.

According to President of the National Institute for Disaster Risk Management and Reduction (INGD) Luisa Meque, 15 places have already been identified to be used as accommodation centres for the victims.

Tropical cyclone Freddy was, on 21 February 2023, bearing down on Mauritius and Madagascar. Mauritius grounded flights and, news agency Reuters reported, emergency teams in four regions of Madagascar were braced for “heavy rains, floods and landslides”.

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