The National Institute of Meteorology (INAM) in Tete province, has urged the population to take precautionary measures in view of the expected occurrence in the coming days of tropical storm “Cheneso”.
The INAM delegate in Tete, Jaime Guambe, quoted by Radio Mozambique, said that the appeal is mainly aimed at the population living or practicing their activities in regions considered at risk.
“The warning comes at a time when the main rivers of Tete are on the verge of reaching the maximum levels of alert, due to the heavy rainfall that is being felt, especially in the northern region of the province,” explained Jaime Guambe.
Meanwhile, the INAM delegate assured that the institution will continue to monitor the evolution of the phenomenon and issue warnings to the population.
On January 18, INAM revealed in a statement that the low atmospheric pressure system “Cheneso”, formed east of Madagascar, had evolved on Saturday, January 14, to the stage of moderate tropical storm.
INAM also added last week that projections indicated that the weather system could evolve into a severe tropical storm, reiterating that the phenomenon was not yet a danger for the Mozambique channel or for the continental part of the country.
Earlier this year, the entity warned that the current rainy and cyclonic season 2022/2023 could be marked by the occurrence of up to ten cyclones, five of which could cause devastating consequences.
In recent times, Mozambique has been hit by several cyclones, the most striking and strongest of which were the Idai and Kenneth that buffeted the central and northern regions of the country between the months of March and April 2019, leaving more than 250,000 families homeless.
Idai was the strongest tropical cyclone to hit Mozambique, with winds above 200 kilometers per hour, which caused about 600 deaths, destruction of various infrastructures and loss of various goods and crops. The phenomenon also buffeted neighboring countries Malawi and Zimbabwe.