Tropical storm toll reaches 24 deaths in Madagascar

Tropical storm toll reaches 24 deaths in Madagascar

The storm-related death toll has now reached 24 in Madagascar, where forecasters say Tropical Storm Cheneso poses a continued threat with heavy rainfalls, storm-related landslides and high seas as it lingers along an offshore track over the Mozambique Channel. The National Bureau of Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC) in Madagascar…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Intensifying Storm Cheneso isn’t leaving Madagascar

Intensifying Storm Cheneso isn’t leaving Madagascar

Forecasters now say an intensifying Tropical Storm Cheneso poses a continued threat to Madagascar after re-emerging over the Mozambique Channel, with the country’s National Bureau of Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC) warning of heavy rainfalls, storm-related landslides and high seas as it lingers along an offshore track. The National Bureau…

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Storm Cheneso claims 3 in Madagascar

Storm Cheneso claims 3 in Madagascar

The damage may not be over with Tropical Storm Cheneso, which crossed Madagascar over the weekend after making landfall on Thursday. The storm is now re-emerging over the Mozambique Channel but is moving slowly, adding to the threat of flash flooding, heavy seas and storm-related landslides. The National Bureau of…

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

African leaders congratulate Brazil’s Lula on election win

President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique was among the first global leaders to congratulate Brazil’s Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who won a close presidential election Sunday against incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. “It was a victory won by perseverance, humility, faith in justice and, above all, it was a victory for the…

Mozambique elected to UN Security Council

The nation of Mozambique will join the United Nations Security Council in January 2023, following a UN General Assembly election on Thursday. Also elected to the council are Ecuador, Japan, Malta and Switzerland, all as nonpermanent members of the 15-nation body. Ten of those nations are determined by the UN…

Mozambique joins Malawi in new polio case reports

Officials in Mozambique are reporting a polio outbreak, the first in the country since 1992. The case was found in Tete province in the country’s northeast. It was found in a child who experienced paralysis that began in late March, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Tests taken from…

Madagascar braces for intense cyclone Batsirai

For the second time in as many weeks, people in Madagascar are bracing for a tropical storm that’s set to make landfall on Saturday. That landfall is expected between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. along the coast between Mahanoro and Mananjar. The 3 p.m. bulletin issued by Météo Madagascar said…

Madagascar, Mozambique see impacts of Indian Ocean storm

Authorities in Madagascar have posted red warnings for much of the country’s north, as heavy rains and wind from a tropical weather system crossed the island late Saturday. “There is a lot of rain on the east side of the island,” said Météo Madagascar. “This case could result in flooding…

SADC agrees to keep troops in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has agreed to extend its security mission in Mozambique, where defense forces have sought to restore order in troubled Cabo Delgado province. The decision was announced in a communiqué following Tuesday’s summit in Lilongwe, Malawi. The extraordinary summit, hosted by President Lazarus Chakwera, was…

New flood mapping tool geared toward Global South

A new tool to map floods around the world, especially those that occur in the Global South, has been launched through a partnership between Google, MapBox, and other players working with a UN University group based in Canada. The World Flood Mapping Tool uses the Google Earth engine combined with…

UN counterterrorism chief calls for renewed focus on Africa

All eyes have been on Afghanistan as the Taliban takes control, but the United Nations Security Council was focused Thursday on the threat of Islamic extremism on the African continent. UN counterterrorism chief Vladimir Voronkov, presenting his report on Islamic State and related groups to the council, called for a…

Total declares force majeure on Mozambique LNG project

French oil major Total says it has backed out of its US$20 billion LNG project in Mozambique, just days ahead of an expected decision on military intervention in the southern African nation. “Considering the evolution of the security situation in the north of the Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique, Total…