from ARIMANDO DOMINGOS in Maputo, Mozambique
MAPUTO, (CAJ News) – MOZAMBIQUE, still recovering from deadly cyclones suffered earlier this year, is headed for another disaster with the formation of another tropical storm in the Indian Ocean.
Already named Cyclone Ambali, it comes months after Cyclone Idai killed 602 people and injured 1 641 others in March.
The deadly cyclone damaged infrastructure estimated at US$2,2 billion (R32,2 billion), making it the costliest tropical cyclone in the South-West Indian Ocean.
At least 52 people were killed in Mozambique after Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in April. It damaged infrastructure worth $100 million (R1,46 billion).
The National Institute of Meteorology has warned Cyclone Ambali will enter Mozambican territory on Monday (tomorrow) via the terror-prone northernmost province of Cabo Delgado.
It is projected to evolve into a severe tropical storm in the northeastern Nampula Province on Wednesday.
Ambali is to be a culmination of the 2019–20 South-West Indian Ocean cyclone season that officially began on November 15 and is scheduled to end in April next year.
The cyclone is forecast to come at a time Mozambique is already experiencing devastating rains.
At least nine people have been reported dead from storms during the rainy season.
The Southern African country of 30 million people is highly vulnerable to extreme climatic conditions with two out of three people living in coastal areas susceptible to rapid disasters such as cyclones, storms and flash floods.
– CAJ News