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13 July 2024

Tropical storm kills one on Indian Ocean island


A tropical storm killed a teenager in the Mauritian island of Rodrigues in the Indian Ocean, with authorities issuing a category three cyclone alert Friday.

The 14-year-old was electrocuted as tropical storm Ethel swept the islands with wind speeds of more than 120 kilometres (75 miles) per hour, meteorological officials said.

Rodrigues, an island measuring around 100 square kilometres and home to 37,000 people, is located 560 kilometres (348 miles) east of the main island.

In 2007, two people were killed on Mauritius and nine were hurt in neighbouring Reunion when a tropical cyclone hit the islands.

Tropical storms and torrential rains have also wreaked havoc in South Africa and Mozambique in recent days.