Cyclone Freddy Danger Not Over

By Ndatenda Njanike (Press and Communications Officer)

Tropical Cyclone Freddy still poses a threat despite the country witnessing relaxed weather since the announcement of the tropical storm.

Cyclone Freddy which was anticipated to hit parts of Zimbabwe has weakened along its course but experts believe that some parts of southeast Zimbabwe can be affected with risks of floods occurring during the process.

A flash update report released this Friday by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs  read :

“The former Tropical Cyclone Freddy weather system made landfall in Mozambique—south of Vilanculos in Inhambane Province—on 24 February as a moderate tropical storm.

“ The system is now expected to weaken over southern Africa but will continue to pose a serious rainfall threat to southern Mozambique and south-eastern Zimbabwe, according to Meteo France.

“It risks bringing months-worth of rainfall in the space of a few days and has the potential to cause widespread flooding in areas that have saturated soils and high river basin levels, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

“In Mozambique, flooding in central and southern Mozambique could affect up to 1.75 million people, according to the National Institute for Disaster Management in Mozambique, (INGD).

“The risk of severe flooding in the Limpopo river basin, in particular, has been highlighted by the Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS), which anticipates that floods could be worse than during Cyclone Eloise in 2021.” Read the report.

In Madagascar, Tropical Cyclone Freddy has left at least 7 people dead and affected 79,000 people in several regions, including 22,500 displaced, according to the National Bureau of Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC). 


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