Storm Dineo kills at least seven people in Mozambique

Posted February 17, 2017

TROPICAL storm Dineo has killed seven people in Mozambique since it hit the coast on Wednesday, the government's disaster centre said yesterday.

As Cyclone Dineo moved through southern Africa, social media has inevitably been flooded with shocking images and videos showing the chaos it has wreaked - but you shouldn't believe everything you see.

Henry Muller posted tongue-in-cheek, that despite the welcomed 90mm of rain that fell, 10mm was also measured in their house.

More than 20 000 homes were destroyed in Mozambique, with millions of rands in damage, as tropical storm Dineo hit yesterday, Ladysmith Gazette reports.

The two provinces have a chance of receiving 80% of rain over the next 24 hours.

At least seven people died as a result of the devastation the cyclone caused in Mozambique
At least seven people died as a result of the devastation the cyclone caused in Mozambique

Mozambique's emergency operational centre said about 130 000 people living in Inhambane province, 500km northeast of Maputo, had been affected by the storm. It is especially vulnerable after a major drought a year ago as soils degraded or hardened by dry spells do not easily absorb water.

Areas which could be impacted by the storm are in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga areas.

Graskop and Skukuza have reported more than 30mm of rain.

The SA Weather Service says despite the downgrade, residents in parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga can still expect flooding and heavy rains.

The Mozambican government said the situation was less severe in Gaza, which has the popular resort town of Xai-Xai as its capital and is near the border with South Africa.