Cyclone Enawo to hit Madagascar

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Gabarone - Botswana’s meteorological services department says tropical Cyclone Enawo is expected to hit Madagascar and deny Botswana some rains.

In a statement, the department said the cyclone will drive away moisture, one of the much needed ingredients for rainfall formation in Botswana.

“This will result in dry spells over most parts of Botswana, except over the extreme northern parts where some isolated thundershowers are still expected from 8 March 2017 to the beginning of next week,” the department said.

Tropical Cyclone Enawo, over the South Western Indian Ocean (SWIO) basin, is forecast to make landfall over Madagascar late Tuesday and form a tropical depression.

According to the meteorological department, a tropical depression is expected, just like tropical cyclone Dineo did in Botswana last month, to dump a lot of rain over Madagascar that may lead to flooding, more especially over its eastern coastal areas.

Meanwhile, the Botswana Defence Force and the roads department are currently constructing a Bailey bridge in one of the country’s villages to help with the movement of vehicles from the capital to Lobatse town in south-eastern Botswana.

The temporary steel structure is to accommodate only light vehicles usage following the effects of a cyclone. –

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