Storm Belal: After Power Outages & Cancelled Flights, Mauritius Removes Max Cyclone Alert

After assessing cyclone Belal damages, Mauritius has decided to remove the maximum cyclone alert in the country on January 16.

by Tashika Tyagi
Storm Belal: After Power Outages & Cancelled Flights, Mauritius Removes Max Cyclone Alert

One of the biggest tourist hubs of Asia, Mauritius, was hit by tropical Cyclone Belal. The cyclone lashed Réunion and Mauritius and caused quite havoc in these islands over the last couple of days. Thankfully now, the storm is moving away from these regions. As per the latest update from Mauritius Meteorological Services, the maximum cyclone alert after Cyclone Belal has been lifted and a ‘safety bulletin’ is now in effect in the country.

Safety Bulletin In Effect, 3 Hrs After Announcing Maximum Cyclone Alert

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Seeing the worsening situation of Cyclone Belal on 16th January, Mauritius decided to raise its cyclone alert to four – the maximum level in the tropical country. This alert was lifted three hours later when the Mauritius Meteorological Services (MMS) assessed the situation and noticed that the storm was moving away from the country. It has, since then, issued a ‘safety bulletin’ to force. The storm has claimed one life so far, left people without power, and submerged various parts of the island with flood waters.

The National Emergency Operations Command also issued a warning of strong winds – 80 kilometres an hour – and 23-foot-high waves can hit the island and risk flooding in low-altitude areas. The Mauritian government has advised its citizens to stay indoors and maintain precautionary measures for the time being.

Also Read: Emirates Dubai-Mauritius Flight Delayed By 27 Hours Due To Tropical Cyclone, Belal

Airport Shutdown, Power Outages – The Havoc Caused By Cyclone Belal


The cyclone Belal had battered the French overseas territory of Réunion and led to the death of a motorcyclist in the area. Besides that, there has been news of power outages, traffic chaos, and videos of numerous cars being submerged in Mauritius.

The Mauritius International Airport was shut down on Monday until further notice. Also, Air Mauritius announced several flight cancellations on Tuesday seeing the worsening of the storm.

As for now, the MMS assessed that Belal was about 210 kilometres off Blue Bay. This means that the storm is moving away from the tropical country and things might settle soon in the area.

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