The Disasters Charter has been activated for a Cyclone in La Réunion Island:
Cyclone in La Réunion Island
Type of Event: Ocean Storm (Tropical Cyclone) and Flood
Location of Event: La Réunion
Date of Charter Activation: 01 January 2014
Charter Requestor: Direction Générale de la Sécurité Civile et de la Gestion des Crises (COGIC)
Description of the Event
Tropical Cyclone Bejisa is expected to make landfall on Réunion Island on 02 January 2014, bringing heavy rain and potential flooding. Wind speeds are forecast to be in excess of 190 km/h and the storm is forecast to be Category 2 or 3.
Bejisa is the first Tropical Cyclone of this year and it is expected to move either directly across Réunion or very close to it over 02 and 03 January. It is expected to cause some minimal property damage and bring a storm surge of 2-4 metres along the coastal areas.
The potential for flooding may result in evacuations of affected areas. Residents have been advised to take care due to potentially treacherous conditions.