After making landfall in the evening of January 19, Tropical Storm Eloise passed through northern Madagascar and has now entered the Mozambique Channel. More than 1,000 people have been directly affected across four districts and at least one person died. Initial assessments report that 134 houses have been flooded and 56 destroyed. There is still a fear that the storm could bring flooding and landslides to the northern regions. As Eloise enters the Mozambique Channel, it is expected to intensify significantly, possibly into a tropical cyclone, and make landfall in Mozambique on January 23. The trajectory of the storm has also shifted slightly north towards the central, more vulnerable part of the country were 2019 Cyclone Idai made landfall.
The Emergency Response Team is in the process of reaching out to partners in Mozambique ahead of Eloise making landfall.