Mozambique Braces For Fresh Deadly Storm (Cyclone Freddy)
Cyclone Freddy is expected to make landfall again in Mozambique later this week after it struck Madagascar for a second time on Monday.
Madagascar’s government says eight people were killed and more than 1,000 homes were destroyed.
The storm first wreaked havoc in South-Eastern Africa in late February, killing 21 people and displacing thousands in both countries.
Meteorologists say it is rare for a storm to make such a loop.
The tropical cyclone is on track to become the longest-lasting storm on record and it continues to gain strength.
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The storm has already broken records for the strength it has accumulated and the 8,000-kilometre path it traveled across the Indian ocean.
It already holds the record for highest accumulated cyclone energy in the Southern hemisphere. That is a measure of a storm’s strength over time.
Mozambique is now bracing for a second landfall, whilst still reeling from the rains and floods brought by the cyclone.
Madagascar received around three times its usual monthly average rainfall in the past week alone.
The cyclone was bringing with it devastating winds, and about 2.6 million people in Madagascar, Mozambique and Zimbabwe could be impacted by wind speeds of 120 kilometers an hour, the UN World Food Programme said.