The intense tropical cyclone BATSIRAI, which appeared at the end of January in the eastern Indian Ocean, passed this week north of the Mascarene Islands and is now continuing its course towards Madagascar.
Associated with a strong swell, violent gusts of wind and heavy rains, it has generated multiple damages and floods in Mauritius and Reunion Island, where a continuous monitoring has been engaged throughout the phenomenon in order to contribute to the safeguarding of the impacted sectors. Partner for several years, the city of Saint-Pierre has invited its residents to stay informed of the situation from their homes via the mobile application myPredict.
Continuing its trajectory towards the southeast, BATSIRAI is expected to strongly affect Madagascar this weekend, where a risk of major flooding is feared. Using the satellite rainfall estimation data designed in the framework of the COSPARIN project (Contribution du Spatial à l’Analyse du Risque Inondation), Predict teams will continue to actively monitor the phenomenon in order to support the threatened regions in the activation of their safeguard devices.