At least two million people will be affected once Cyclone Freddy makes landfall in the eastern part of Madagascar, authorities on Monday warned.
Experts from the National Bureau of Risks and Catastrophes have projected that the storm will hit nine regions in the country.
Emergency teams are preparing to handle heavy rains, floods, and landslides in areas that will be affected by an impending cyclone.
Experts predict that the cyclone, which has been brewing in the Indian Ocean for weeks, will impact the districts of Vatomandry in the southeast and Manakara on the east coast.
Residents in these regions have been advised to secure their doors and roofs, remove hazardous trees, and remain indoors during the cyclone.
As per the World Food Programme, the island nation ranks among the top 10 African countries that are highly susceptible to cyclones and disasters.
In January of this year, the country was hit by the Cheneso tropical storm, which led to the death of 30 people and displaced more than 40,000 individuals.
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