The National Institute of Meteorology (INAM) reported that the Mozambique Channel was hit, on Monday afternoon, January 23, by a tropical depression, caused by tropical storm “Cheneso”.
In a statement, INAM said that the phenomenon, coming from Madagascar, was characterized by winds of 65 kilometers per hour moving towards the Mozambican coast, with the potential to develop into a severe tropical storm.
The note also indicated that the effects of the movement were already being felt along the coastal districts of the provinces of Nampula and Zambezia, with the probability of the occurrence of winds and heavy rains accompanied by thunderstorms.
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.
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.