Roads drenched after Tropical Cyclone Batsirai onslaught in Mauritius

Roads were drenched after Tropical Cyclone Batsirai hit the island nation of Mauritius in East Africa on Wednesday, February 2.

Video taken on February 3, a day after Batsirai’s onslaught, shows the empty roads wet with rain as the tail-end of the cyclone brought scattered downpours across the island.

The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System – a joint disaster information network of the United Nations and the European Commission – classified Tropical Cyclone Batsirai under Category 4, with wind speeds reaching up to 231 kilometres per hour before it slammed into Mauritius on Wednesday.

The cyclone reportedly knocked out electricity to some 7,500 homes, while phone lines were also disrupted.

Mauritius Meteorological Services said in its February 3 bulletin that Batsirai has weakened considerably, and is moving west-southwest at about 10 kilometres per hour.

The agency said: ‘Very active clouds bands are still crossing the island with moderate to locally heavy intermittent rain. Several stations over the island are still recording gusts of the order of 100 km/h. However, the risks of gusts exceeding 120 km/h does not exist.

‘Since Batsirai is moving away, the gusts will start decreasing in the next couple of hours.’

Tropical Cyclone Batsirai battered Mauritius as other nations in the Indian Ocean are still reeling from Tropical Storm Ana, which left at least 86 people dead after ravaging Mozambique, Malawi, and Madagascar last week.