Cyclone Batsirai blows across the Indian Ocean towards Madagascar

According to meteorological officials, Madagascar’s Antananarivo-Cyclone Batsirai is expected to hit Madagascar on Saturday night.

According to the island’s Department of Meteorology, the cyclone reaches a peak of 235 km / h (145 mph), with strong winds reaching strong winds as it blows across the Indian Ocean.

“Following slow and highly variable movements, the expected eye arrival is delayed as follows: [Saturday] Is it evening or night? “The Meteorological Bureau said in a statement.

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On February 4, 2022, a man preparing for a tropical cyclone Batsirai landing in central Madagascar carried sandbags to secure a tin roof in Toamasina. (AP photo)

Batsirai, which means help in Shona, is expected to cause “serious and widespread damage, especially floods in the eastern, southeastern and central highlands,” the statement said.

As a precautionary measure, 22,000 people have already been evacuated to gymnasiums, schools or churches on the east coast, especially around Mananjari.

“The wind is getting stronger and it’s raining a lot. The sea is very rough. Captain Rabaharahi Heninhoa, commander of the Mananjari gendarmerie, said on Saturday.” Even if your eyes haven’t touched the ground yet, You can already feel the cyclone. “

He said the wind had knocked down many trees and the electricity went off from Friday night.

Further inland, the capital Antananarivo rained in front of the cyclone.

In anticipation of widespread destruction, most land and sea transport was disrupted on Madagascar, the world’s fourth largest island.

“Almost every part of the island is at risk,” the National Risk and Disaster Management Agency said, warning that cyclones are threatening nearly 600,000 of the island’s 28 million people.

By Laetitia Bezain

Associated Press