How it works:
- Cyclone season: November to May
- Flooding, landslides: due to very high levels of rainfall
- Tsunamis: can be triggered from nearby tremors or earthquakes
What to do:
- Travel at the “right” time to the “right” place
- Media reports, weather forecasts
- Mauritius Meteorological Services
- World Meteorological Organisation
- Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System
- Dial 8996 (from landline) or 171 (from mobile)
- Travelscams.org’s Travel Safety Monitor (TraSM) can track and alert you on natural disasters, severe weather and more so you don’t have to spend time tracking them. Click to learn more.
- Reacting to one:
- Earthquakes: drop (to hands and knees), cover (head and neck with arms), hold on (to sturdy furniture; expect aftershocks.
- Tsunamis: signs include abnormal ocean activity and load roars. Protect yourself from an earthquake first if there is one. Else, get to a high ground as far inland as possible.
- Cyclones: stay indoors away from windows, do not use electrical appliances/equipment, do not head out and touch debris (more injuries/deaths happen after than during).
- U.S. Department of State travel advisory
- UK Government foreign travel advice
- Government of Canada travel advisory
- Australia Government travel advice