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  1. Tracking Tropical Storm Ana - more flooding expected

    Nikki Berry

    BBC Weather

    Tropical Storm Ana is the first named tropical system this year in the south-western Indian Ocean. It made landfall early on Monday morning as a moderate strength tropical storm just south of the town of Angoche on the coast of Mozambique. At the time of landfall, sustained winds were 85km (52.82 miles) per hour with gusts up to 110km per hour.

    Before being named as a tropical storm, this system had already brought heavy rain and strong winds across the northern half of Madagascar which resulted in flooding.

    In Mozambique in the 24 hours up to 06:00 GMT on Tuesday, Furancungo recorded 273mm of rain and Songo picked up 156mm.

    Milange reported 170mm in just six hours on Monday morning.

    Ana has now weakened to an overland depression and is tracking westwards across the Mozambique-Zimbabwe border. Winds have dropped but further heavy rainfall is expected for parts of Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia in the coming days.

    However, the most intense rains will become increasingly confined to Zambia from Thursday onwards. An additional 100-150mm is expected in these areas, possibly as much as 200mm locally bringing a risk of flooding.

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    Video caption: Tropical storm Ana hits Mozambique
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  3. Impostor allegedly took Egyptian footballer's exam

    The Newsroom

    BBC World Service

    Egypt's forward Mostafa Mohamed reacts during the Group D Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2021 football match between Egypt and Sudan at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde on January 19, 2022
    Image caption: Mostafa Mohamed is in Cameroon for Africa's main football tournament

    Prosecutors in Egypt are questioning a man alleged to have taken an exam in the place of Mostafa Mohamed - a footballer currently playing for the national team at the Africa Cup of Nations.

    Local media say security services were alerted to a suspected case of fraud at a private educational institute in Giza.

    A man was detained - he is reported to have said he was a friend of Mohamed and was trying to help him out.

    There has been no comment from Mohamed so far.

  4. Boy aged eight died in stadium stampede - hospital

    The youngest person to die in a stampede at a football stadium in Cameroon's capital, Yaoundé, on Monday was an eight-year-old boy - not a six-year-old girl as previously reported.

    That's what BBC Africa Sport's Piers Edwards has tweeted, quoting the director of Yaoundé’s Central Hospital.

    He adds that two-year-old injured in the crush is on the mend, as are seven others who were said to be in a serious condition.

  5. Mozambican police seize 50 elephant tusks

    Jose Tembe

    BBC News, Maputo

    n elephant feeds in the bush in the Sabi Sands nature reserve on November 29, 2021
    Image caption: No arrests have been made following the seizure

    Fifty elephant tusks have been seized by police in Mozambique from a house on the outskirts of the capital, Maputo, in Boane district.

    The ivory might come from elephants killed in different conservation areas, National Criminal Investigation Service (Sernic) spokesperson Henrique Mendes said.

    Sernic was working with Mozambique's national conservation authority to find out more about their origins, he said.

    No arrests have yet been made in connection with the case.

    Poaching has been a serious threat to wildlife in Mozambique.

    The southern African nation lost 48% of its elephant population between 2011 and 2016, according to the country's National Administration of Conservation Areas.

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  7. Five things to know about Burkina Faso’s coup leader

    Demonstrators gathering in Ouagadougou to show support to the military hold a picture of Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba the leader of Burkina Faso's coup - 25 January 2022
    • Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba has been at the forefront of the country’s fight against Islamist militants
    • The 41-year-old wrote a book on the subject last year - West African Armies and Terrorism: Uncertain Responses?
    • The lieutenant-colonel studied in France - at a military academy and a prestigious institution where he got a Master’s in criminal sciences
    • He opposed a previous coup in 2015, which lasted seven days
    • He started his career in the presidential guard (RPS) - the now-disbanded unit was seen as powerful during the presidency of Blaise Compaoré, who was overthrown in 2014 amid protests.
  8. Tropical storm kills 34 in Madagascar

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    BBC World Service

    Madagascans walk amidst flooding from a tropical cyclone in the neighborhood of Ankorondrano Andranomahery in the capital Antananarivo, Madagascar, 23 January 2022
    Image caption: The scene in a neighbourhood in Madagascar's capital on Sunday

    A tropical storm has caused havoc in southern Africa, killing at least 34 people in Madagascar and three more in Mozambique and knocking out power in most parts of Malawi.

    The authorities in Madagascar said 65,000 people have been made homeless.

    Parts of the capital, Antananarivo, are being evacuated after flash floods destroyed hundreds of buildings.

    The storm destroyed homes, schools and clinics in central and northern Mozambique. The United Nations says up to 500,000 people could be affected in the country.