Downgraded to tropical depression #Dineo

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Reports have been rampant this week on #Dineo’s warpath as the cyclone hit the shores of Maputo, Mozambique late Wednesday with winds of up to 100 km/h. The cyclone has left behind a trail of destruction in her wake with roofs of houses torn off, electricity supplies cut off, flooding and roads being blocked by debris as reported by local media.

Reports on fatalities are yet to be confirmed, Storm Report SA earlier today reported;

“It is with great sadness that I can report that Tropical Cyclone Dineo took 7 lives in Mozambique after making landfall on Wednesday.

About 20 000 houses were destroyed and about 130 000 people are left without a roof over them. It is also reported that 105 schools, 40 hospitals and 52 other public buildings were destroyed.

Please keep Mozambique in your prayers!”

Dineo was downgraded to a tropical depression by 08:00 pm yesterday and renamed “ex-Dineo”, according to the South African Weather Service (SAWS), which means winds have dropped down to below 63 km/h but have warned that the weather system could still cause heavy rainfall and flooding as it heads inland through South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

According to the SAWS; tomorrow, Saturday, scattered showers are expected over northern parts of Mpumalanga as well as Limpopo and heavy rains are expected to shift to Botswana. For the remainder of the country, isolated thunderstorms are expected over the central parts but will be scattered over southern Free State and Northern Cape as well as most of the Eastern Cape.

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Sources:

17 February 2017 Media Release by South African Weather Service

The Herald Zimbabwe

Image: Storm Report SA

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