The Meteorological department has urged Zimbabweans to remain calm after news of Cyclone Chalane spread all over the country like a veld fire, The Herald reports. The department said the storm is far off and it is still a tropical depression for now and they will keep the nation updated.
In an advisory statement released by the MSD, the department said:
A, yet to be named, Tropical Depression is situated in a quasi-stationary position near the centre of the Indian Ocean, to the north east of Mauritius, to the far east of Madagascar.
On Thursday December 24, 0200hrs it was near 14degress south and 60 degrees east and expected to track southwestward towards Madagascar in the coming days as it steadily intensifies (might later become a tropical storm then a Cyclone
The Meteorological Services Department will continue to monitor intensity as well as the trajectory and update the public accordingly.
Tropical cyclones sometimes tend to weaken when they fall on land and the government said CPU is on high alert anticipating the storm. If the storm hits Chimanimani it will be the second time in less than 2 years Chimanimani will be hit by a tropical storm after last year’s devastating Cyclone Idai.
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