Cyclone threat

Tropical cyclone ‘Indlala” is evolving around latitude 13.0 degrees south and longitude 54.2 degrees east some 900 kilometres to the north-north-west of Mauritius. That was the position at 16.00 hours local time (12.00 UT) as located by the Mauritius Meteorological Services. It is moving in a westerly direction at about 12 kilometres per hour and is not expected to hit Mauritius. It will most probably touch the northern tip of Madagascar in the coming days.

This is the ninth cyclone formation in the region during the present cyclone season extending from 01 November to 15 May. The previous one, “Gamede”, passed about 200 kiometres off the north-west coast of Mauritius in the early hours of Sunday 25 February 2007. It brought along significant amount of rainfall enough to fill all the reservoirs which were less than 50% of their capacity. More than 150 kilometres per hour of wind gusts were recorded at places.

The 2006-2007 seasonal outlook of the Mauritius Meteorological Services seems to be on target. 10 storms were forecast in the region with at least one passing in the vicinity.

A retired government officer, former trade unionist and occupational safety & health management consultant based in Rodrigues Islands, Alfa King (real name: Amanoola Khayrattee) is a bilingual contributor to This Week News (http://thisweeknews.info). He has been editor of trade union newsletter and has contributed articles for various in-house magazines, publications, and the local press. He blogs since 2007, and when he is not reading or surfing on the internet, he is hiking over an 8-km-daily routine.
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