Tropical Cyclone Emnati made landfall in Madagascar on Tuesday as communities in the region continue to recover from Cyclones Ana, Batsirai and Dumako.
Cyclone Emnati hit Madagascar’s eastern coast on Feb. 22 and was over the Lakora district at 7 a.m. on Wednesday.
At the time of publication, Emnati was south of Mananovy, traveling at 110 kilometers per hour. The cyclone’s path can be viewed at Zoom Earth live.
Watch: Cyclone Emnati hits Madagascar
According to data collected from the Madagascar Weather Body, Meteo MadagascarCyclone Emnati will bring strong wind gusts, heavy rainfall and widespread flooding.
Forecasters predict winds of up to 140 kilometers per hour can be expected as the cyclone moves southwest across the island before moving further south on Thursday.
However, according to the SA Weather Service (Saws), Cyclone Emnati would not make landfall in South Africa. That said, the impact of the cyclone is still being assessed and further updates will be provided if necessary.
Madagascar residents in Atsimo Atsinanana, Ihorombe, Anosy, Androy, Benenitra, Betioky and Ampanihy were warned of imminent danger.
While no warnings were issued for Beroroha, Ankazoabo, Sakaraha, Morombe and Toliara I-II in Madagscar, residents were warned that weather conditions could pose a threat.
On Wednesday, UNICEF teams were on site to help affected residents and distribute relief supplies, while the World Health Organization (WHO) in Africa will focus on “health emergencies and preventing potential disease outbreaks”.
Cyclone Emnati is expected to leave Madagascar on Wednesday evening, but the risk of torrential rain and widespread flooding remains in the southern and southeastern districts.
Prepare for the worst
In the meantime, United Nations organizations say: they would prepare for the worst – “up to 250 millimeters in a span of 24 hours on the flat and from 400 to 500 mm at higher elevations”.
Madagascar is still reeling from three previous tropical storms. Cyclone Batsirai in January 121 killed and more than 270,000 displaced.
Tropical Storm Ana displaced 21,000 people last month, while more than 5,000 were affected by Dumako on Feb. 15, the UN humanitarian coordinating body said. OCHA†