Cyclone Freddy is heading again on Friday, March 10, towards Mozambique, which it had hit hard at the end of February. It had traveled the entire southern Indian Ocean and made landfall in Madagascar on February 21, crossing the island before reaching Mozambique on February 24 and then Zimbabwe, causing heavy rains and flooding. It then looped back to the coast, where it recharged with moisture and power in the warm waters, before hitting Madagascar again, killing four.

Freddy is expected to make landfall in Mozambique in the northern province of Zambezia on Friday evening or Saturday morning. “There will be very damaging winds, a very dangerous storm surge over land and extreme rainfall over large areas, not only in Mozambique but in northeast Zimbabwe, southeast Zambia and Malawi.” , Clare Nullis, spokeswoman for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), told reporters in Geneva.

The expected rainfall totals are in the order of 200 to 300 millimeters, but locally they could be greater than 400-500 mm. “This is more than double the usual monthly rainfall and adds to previous rainfall caused by Freddy,” said Nullis. The last cyclones to cross the entire southern Indian Ocean were tropical cyclones Leon-Eline and Hudah in 2000.