January 22, local time, under the influence of the upcoming tropical cyclone Eloise, strong winds and rainfall began to affect coastal provinces including Nampra, Zambezia and Sofara.
The Mozambique Meteorological Department expects that the tropical cyclone will make landfall in Bella early on January 23. As a result, Air Mozambique cancelled flights from the capital Maputo to Bella, Nampra and Klimane.
Bella, Mozambique’s main economic port, has also been closed and will not resume operation until the 24th. At the same time, all ships are also banned from going to sea along the coast of Zambezia Province.
The Mozambican Meteorological Service has issued a warning that the rainfall may exceed 200 mm in the next 24 hours. Many major rivers in central Mozambique have reached alert water levels.
According to the estimates of the Mozambique National Disaster Management Authority, 600,000 people may be affected.
Every year from October to April of the following year, it is the rainy season and the strong tropical cyclone landing season in Mozambique.
Just a few days before New Year’s Day, the strong tropical cyclone Charon just made landfall in Mozambique.