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The National Institute of Meteorology of Mozambique (INAM) is warning that a cyclone which could pose risks to the country might form within a week, appealing to the population to stay abreast of weather warnings.
“A low atmospheric pressure system has formed, which could evolve into a tropical cyclone over the east coast of Madagascar on January 22,” the INAM statement reads.
INAM – alongside the other meteorological networks in the region – will continue to “monitor the evolution” of the system, and appeals to the population to follow meteorological updates.
Between December and April, the warm waters in the Indian Ocean, including the Mozambique Channel, are one of the factors that contribute to the formation of cyclones that can hit the Mozambican coast.
Despite the indications of the formation of a tropical cyclone, INAM deputy director Mussa Mustafa told newspaper ‘O País’ that this was not a cause for panic.
“Up to this point, it is impossible to predict how big a phenomenon this might be, or where it might pass, because whether it develops or weakens depends on atmospheric conditions,” Mustafa explained.
According to INAM, “the most important thing is that the population is aware and stays informed about what is happening”.
At least 10 people have died and another 47,493 have been affected by rains, strong winds and other natural disasters in Mozambique in the current rainy season, according to the latest report by the National Institute for Disaster Risk Management and Reduction (INGD).
⚠️ Models are beginning to fall into agreement that a cyclone #CycloneAna will form and enter the Mozambique channel towards the end of the month. Models are however not yet in agreement as to when and if Mozambique landfall will be made. We will update as required. 🌀 pic.twitter.com/tJudwKxiBG
— ZIMCAST (@ZIM_CAST) January 16, 2022
* #MADAGASCAR: #CycloneAna Possible
– #TropicalCycloneAna #Ana #LaReunion #Reunion #Mauritius #Antananarivo #SaintDenis #PortLouis#AnaCyclone #Mozambique
— Hurricane/Typhoon/Cyclone Alerts (@RoshinRowjee) January 16, 2022