By Andrew SK KaggwaNECJOGHA

Tanzania has said its monitoring the movement of Tropical Cyclone Batsirai, the second cyclone to hit the eastern coast of Africa in a month.

“The Authority has been monitoring the cyclone since its occurrence in the Indian Ocean on January 27, 2022 and the cyclone is now moving towards Madagascar,” a statement released last week by the Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) reads.

According to BBC, at least 10 people have been killed and nearly 50,000 displaced after Cyclone Batsirai brought strong winds and rain to Madagascar on Saturday evening.

Batsirai – the second major storm in two weeks – made landfall on the east coast, with gusts of 235km/h (146mph) and high waves hitting coastal areas.

Whole villages are reported to be almost completely destroyed.

TMA says analysis of weather systems shows no potential of the cyclone reaching the coast of the East African country.

“However, the presence of the Cyclone Batsirai in the Indian Ocean is expected to affect weather systems in some parts of the country including causing increased rainfall, periods of high winds that reach and exceed 40km per hour and large waves at sea exceeding 2 metres especially in coastal areas,” says TMA.

Areas expected to receive periods of high rainfall due to the presence of the cyclone between February 4th to 8th include Mtwara, Lindi, Ruvuma, Morogoro, Pwani, Singida, Dodoma, Iringa, Mbeya, Songwe and Rukwa regions.

“However, the Msimu rains are expected to continue in other areas that receive such rains,” the TMA release concludes.

Last month Tropical Cyclone Ana killed over 40 people mostly in Mozambique and displaced hundreds of thousands of others and caused heavy rainfall and flash floods in Madagascar, Malawi and Zambia.


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