SADC Region braces itself for another Cyclone attack

Staff Reporter

…As meteorologists predict another hit

The SADC Climate Services in collaboration with other climate centres predicted that the SADC region will experience heavy and increased rains in the next coming days.

Through its Heavy Rainfall Advisory Report, the SADC-Climate Services Centre, revealed that the Cyclone code-named BATSIRAI will hit the SADC region over the next couple of days.

“The Tropical Cyclone BATSIRAI evolving over the south-west Indian Ocean is very likely to affect the islands of Republic of Mauritius during the next 3 days. 

“Heavy rainfall is expected over other regions of the SADC due to Tropical Cyclone BATSIRAI and active weather systems during the period of 31 January to 4 February 2022,” read the report.

Recently, five SADC countries were hit hard by Tropical Storm Ana, leaving behind a trail of destruction, displacement of over 300 000 people, 77 deaths and 196 people with injuries as at 28 January 2022 and still counting. 

In Zimbabwe more than 300 households in Mutasa and Nyanga districts in Manicaland province had their homes damaged, several bridges and roads have become impassable as they were either destroyed or washed away, while most of the country experienced heavy rainfall and destruction of property.

 “Other parts of the SADC region that will experience increased rainfall during the next couple of days include Comoros, Seychelles, northern Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, east Angola, and parts of South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe,” read the report.