The National Meteorological Institute of Mozambique (INAM) announced that it is monitoring a low-pressure system that could reach the country in just over a week.
Low-pressure systems can give rise to storms or cyclones.
At issue is “a low pressure system which could evolve to the level of tropical storm in the coming days”, the INAM statement reads.
The weather system “may reach the east coast of Madagascar on January 19, 2021, with the possibility of entering the Mozambique Channel on the 20th or 21st”.
“Current projections indicate that this system has the potential to reach the Mozambican coast,” the weather bureau adds, referring to future updates.
The statement comes after the Tropical Storm Chalane hit central Mozambique at the end of the year, affecting 73,500 people and causing seven deaths, according to the latest official figures.
Between the months of October and April, Mozambique is typically affected by cyclonic winds from the Indian Ocean and floods originating in the hydrographic basins of Southern Africa, in addition to droughts which almost always affect some parts of the south of the country.
The 2018/2019 rainy season was one of the most severe in memory in Mozambique: 714 people died, including 648 victims of the two cyclones (Idai and Kenneth) that hit the country.