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Mozambique: Tropical Depression in Indian Ocean

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The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services is warning the public about a tropical depression that developed in the Indian Ocean and is now in the Mozambique Channel, with weather models indicating that it will intensify and strengthen into a moderate Tropical Storm in the next 24-36 hours as of Saturday, April 23.

The Department assures the public, however, that “the impact of the Depression is not major” at this time, and that they are “watching the risk of strong winds and heavy rains mostly across Malawi’s Southern and Eastern districts and will update appropriately.”

According to the notice, the Depression center was around 670 kilometers from the Malawi border on Saturday, moving at a speed of roughly 20 kilometers per hour with a maximum wind speed of 55 kilometers per hour.

The Depression was moving westwards and southwards, making landfall in Mozambique before returning to the Indian Ocean.

When Cyclone Ana formed in the Indian Ocean in January and moved inland through Mozambique, the Met. Department issued a similar warning, but it appears that it went unheeded, as the nasty storm caught Malawians off guard.

Cyclone Ana wreaked havoc on the country, causing deaths in the Lower Shire, Phalombe, Mulanje, and other areas.

The Depression was moving westwards and southwards, making landfall in Mozambique before returning to the Indian Ocean.

When Cyclone Ana formed in the Indian Ocean in January and moved inland through Mozambique, the Met. Department issued a similar warning, but it appears that it went unheeded, as the nasty storm caught Malawians off guard.

Cyclone Ana wreaked havoc on the country, causing deaths in the Lower Shire, Phalombe, Mulanje, and other areas.

The loss of 130MW resulted in heavy load shedding, which is crushing many firms because they must rely largely on gensets, which are expensive to fuel.

Many people who lost their homes are still in relief camps, and while they are being encouraged to return home, they are hesitant because they do not have a roof over their heads.

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