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    Botswana on alert as Cyclone Idai rears ugly head

    APA-Gaborone (Botswana)

    Botswana authorities are on high alert as the country is likely to be affected by tropical cyclone Idai that has hit the central part of Mozambique, APA can reveal Friday.

    This follows a warning by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Climate Services Centre (CSC) that national meteorological and hydrological services of Botswana, DRC, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe should monitor the tropical cyclone’s progression.

    Tropical cyclone is an intense circular storm that originates over warm tropical oceans and is characterised by low atmospheric pressure, high winds and heavy rain.

    Department of Meteorological Services principal technical officer Olebogeng Molosiwa said his department and other stakeholders would continue to monitor the situation as advised by SADC Climate Services Centre (CSC).

    He warned that isolated showers in the northeast region were a possibility because of its proximity to Zimbabwe, parts of which were likely to be hit by the cyclone.

    Meanwhile, CSC news release warned that “parts of northwestern, central Mozambique and northeast Zimbabwe are likely to receive increased rainfall amounts with direct impact due to tropical cyclone Idai around March 15-17,” the release states.


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