Tropical Cyclone ELIAKIM – Daily Update 19 MARCH 2018 12:00 UTC

The African Risk Capacity monitors tropical cyclone activity in the South-West Indian Ocean (SWIO) and relies on Africa RiskView, a disaster risk modelling platform that uses satellite-based and other geo-information to forecast wind speed and storm surge height and estimate population affected and economic loss. These modelled losses are the underlying basis of the insurance policies issued by the ARC Insurance Company Limited, the financial affiliate of the ARC Agency, which pools risk across the continent.
Name Event Number Naming Date Current Position Current Wind Speed
ELIAKIM 14 15/03/18 –24.6S 50.8E 85 km/h
  • Forecasts 
  • Population Affected 

The following maps shows the actual and forecast (dotted line) cyclone track, as well as the forecast peak wind speed at the time of reporting (see map title):

The following map shows the forecast peak surge depth at the time of reporting:


NB: It is important to note that these maps are based on forecasts, which will be updated as soon as the next update on the cyclone track is released.

Based on the forecasts presented under the previous tabs, Africa RiskView calculates the potential number of people affected by the tropical cyclone. The table below shows the number of people affected (by different categories of wind speed). It is important to note that these are forecast-based and thus subject to change as soon as the next update on the cyclone track is released:

Location / Category Population affected
– Weak Tropical Storm 106,948 1.7%
– Weak Tropical Storm 468,710 28.3%
– Strong Tropical Storm 1,073 0.1%
– Weak Tropical Storm 71,531 1.5%
– Weak Tropical Storm 658,551 27.1%
– Strong Tropical Storm 79,040 3.3%
– Weak Tropical Storm 1,686,142 46.4%
– Strong Tropical Storm 99,584 2.7%
– Weak Tropical Storm 5 0.0%