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‘Expect more tropical cyclones’

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The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services says the world is still in the middle of tropical cyclones, which normally start from November 15 to April 15.

During this period, the world experiences at least nine cyclones.

However, the department has said not all cyclones affect Malawi.

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This comes at a time the country is battling to recover from the effects of Tropical Storm Ana, which hit the country in late January, destroying infrastructure such as bridges, roads and houses and claiming lives of people and livestock in the Southern Region.

The department’s spokesperson Yobu Kachiwanda said storms sometimes hit Malawi while others have minimal impact on the country.

“Not all tropical cyclones and storms hit Malawi. Some die in the Indian Ocean, away from us. As such, tropical cyclones are coming but not all of them will affect Malawi,” he said.

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Kachiwanda cited Tropical Cyclone Emnati, which is expected to affect other countries.

He said, according to the path the cyclone had taken, it was unlikely to negatively affect Malawi “unless the track changes”.

As of Monday, the cyclone was in Madagascar, with department officials in Malawi monitoring its strength and track.

Late last month, Commissioner for Disasters Charles Kalemba said the Department of Disaster Management Affairs had activated clusters that deal with disasters.

He indicated that the department had all the necessary materials, including maize, that would be distributed to disaster survivors.

In 2019, Cyclone Idai landed in Malawi, resulting in heavy rains that caused flooding, leaving 60 people dead and 87, 000 others displaced.

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