Maputo (AIM) - Coastal areas of the northern Mozambican provinces of Nampula and Cabo Delgado may be hit by cyclone Hudah within the next 24 hours, a source of the Mozambican National Meteorology Institute (INAM) said on Monday.
Acacio Tembe, of INAM, said that the cyclone, which formed near the French possession of Reunion, in the Indian Ocean, a week ago, is presently at the northeast of Madagascar, and is heading towards the northern part of the Mozambique Channel.
Tembe explained that the cyclone is travelling at about 26 kilometres an hour, bringing with it heavy rains and winds of up to 80 kilometres an hour.
Tembe warned that the effects of Hudah may be comparable to those of the cyclone Eline, that hit the country on 22 February.
Eline did severe damage to Beira, and to parts of Sofala and Inhambane provinces that had already been flooded earlier in February.
If Hudah does hit northern Mozambique, the torrential rain it brings may cause rivers that have so far posed no serious threat, such as the Rovuma and the Lurio, to burst their banks.
INAM fears that Hudah, if it turns southwards, could also hit Zambezia, Sofala and Tete provinces, within the next 48 hours.
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