DEATH TOLL IN MOZAMBIQUE FROM TROPICAL STORM DINEO MAY RISE

JOHANNESBURG, The authorities in Mozambique have warned that the death toll in that country from Tropical Cyclone Dineo may rise after it left a trail of destruction in southern Inhambane province, flattening houses and trees.

At least four people are known to have died. The Director of National Emergency services in Mozambique, Mauricio Xerinda, says rescue operations are continuing.

The cyclone has since been downgraded, but the South African Weather Service says Dineo will still dump heavy rainfall on parts of the south African provinces of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal by Friday morning.

Packing winds in excess of 160 km per hour accompanied by heavy rain, Dineo ravaged coastal areas in Mozambique, destroying houses, uprooting trees and flooding roads. More than 170,000 people have been severely affected in Mozambique, which is no stranger to natural disasters.

Southern Mozambique is prone to flooding and storms. Seventeen years ago, 700 people were killed and more than a million left homeless.

Cyclone Dineo has also affected other countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) sub-region such as Zimbabwe, Angola and Namibia.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK