OFFICIALS in Mozambique say seven people died and
thousands of homes have been destroyed in a tropical cyclone that is currently
working its way across the north of South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Cyclone Dineo made landfall in southern Mozambique late
on Wednesday and has since been downgraded to a tropical storm. Emergency
officials in Mozambique are reporting downed power lines and blocked roads in
Inhambane, the province that suffered the worst impact.
Despite Dineo having decreased in intensity, the South
African Weather Service warns high speed winds in excess of 50/km and heavy
rainfall can still be expected as the storm "poses great risk" well
into the weekend.
The South African government has called on communities to
be on high alert for the knock-on effects and to take precaution,s especially
ensuring children are safe and not crossing bridges or near rivers that are at
risk of flash flooding.
Disaster management teams in KZN, Limpopo and in the
Kruger National Park remain on standby.
The South African Weather Services warns that the Lowveld
and escarpment in Limpopo and Mpumalanga are likely to be most affected by the
ex-tropical cyclone Dineo going into the weekend.
Heavy rain leading to flooding is expected in the
Ehlanzeni District of Mpumalanga as well as in the Vhembe, Mopani and Capricorn
Districts of Limpopo until Friday night.
By Saturday, patches of heavy rain may continue over the
northern parts of Namibia and Botswana respectively.