- Twitter users reacted in shock and awe to the destruction caused by Cyclone Eloise as it struck Madagascar
- Many users had questions as to why topical storms and cyclones hit Madagascar before South Africa and where they get their names from
- Madagascar suffered extensive damage, particularly the City of Beira which bore the brunt of the storm
Cyclone Eloise struck Madagascar on Friday night and left a trail of destruction which has been well-documented on Twitter.
Tweeps took to social media to share their reactions to the news coming from South Africa's island neighbour.
Quite a few users wanted to know why Madagascar always gets hit by cyclones and how they get their names.
Madagascar lies in a geographic position which is often in the path of cyclones and tropical storms, the storms are generated over the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and their paths takes them west.
Cyclones, hurricanes, typhoons and storms get given gender-specific names which alternate between male and female. If 2020 started with a male then 2021 started with a female. The first storm of the year would be a girl's name, then a boy in alphabetical order. Cyclone Eloise's name starts with an E, making it the 5th cyclone of the year in that region.
Here some of the reactions to the devastation caused by the cyclone:
South Africans can breathe a sigh of relief as the cyclone has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it heads for Limpopo.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Discovering that you raised your child to be helpful and caring is a delightful thing for many parents. A young South African dad recently found out just how delightful after his daughter proved herself to be very helpful and caring indeed.
Taking to popular social media app Twitter, @Mbonjeni1 shared how his car had gotten a flat on the N2. Naturally he jumped out to fix it, and this is when his 6-year-old, who had been with her two other siblings in the car, decided to jump out with her dad so she could hold an umbrella up for him while he fixed the punctured tyre.
"I had a puncture on the N2 today was with 3 kids. My 6-year-old girl insisted on carrying an umbrella for me, we both soaked coz 'twas windy too. After we done, in the car, she asks "Ngikusizile angithi Baba?" Shed my first tear of the year," wrote the touched dad.
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