Mauritius shuts airspace as Tropical Cyclone Freddy readies to land on the island.

Tropical cyclone Freddy

– Tropical cyclone Freddy triggered a warning class III on the Indian Ocean island, with weather conditions expected to deteriorate further on Monday afternoon 20th  February.

Harare – Tropical Cyclone Freddy forced the Mauritius government to close it’s International Airport on Monday 20th  February, as it approached the Indian Ocean island.

At least 18 flights including a number of services due to have flown between the island and Heathrow from Sunday to Tuesday, were cancelled by Air Mauritius     

The country’s stock exchange was also shut as the country braced for heavy rains, floods and landslides in four regions on Madagascar.

In Madagascar about 1130km west of Mauritius towards the coast of Africa, Freddy is expected to make a direct hit by Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile the UK Foreign Office has urged its citizens to remain vigilant and take heed of the advice by local experts and authorities.

Tropical Cyclone Freddy is expected to approach the island more to the north at a speed of 125km/h. 

Freddy is expected to hit Mozambique later this week at a time when the Southern African nation is already battling with floods that have left thousands of people homeless.

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