Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Mauritius on maximum cyclone alert as storm Belal wreaks havoc

Cyclone Belal

Mauritius has raised a cyclone warning alert to maximum after Cyclone Belal brought torrential rain and flooding to the Indian Ocean island nation.

The country's meteorological service said the storm was now moving away eastwards, but warned that "other environmental risks" still existed.

At least one person has died in Mauritius, and another in neighbouring Réunion, from the storm.

It has left thousands without power, as well as heavily flooded streets.

The international airport in Mauritius was closed on Jan 15 until further notice and Air Mauritius said several flights scheduled for Jan 16, including to France and South Africa, have been cancelled.

The Mauritius Meteorological Service (MMS) said that the level 4 warning, the maximum level, was in place after the storm hit close to the country's southern coast on Tuesday morning at about 90km/h (56 mph).

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