Cyclone Dineo has killed seven people since it hit Mozambique on Wednesday, reports eNCA. It’s reported that 105 schools, 49 hospitals and 52 other public buildings have also been destroyed.
The cyclone reached South Africa on Thursday, directly affecting parts of Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo.
Storms are expected to continue until Saturday evening.
The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs said up to 200mm of rain in 24 hours and wind speeds of just below 100km/h could be expected.
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“The likely impact is widespread flooding that could result in damage to roads and bridges, thus cutting off communities, displace others and straining the emergency services,” the department said in a statement.
The department encouraged parents, caregivers and guardians to ensure the safety of their children. It warned people not to cross flooded roads, bridges and rivers. Six centimetres of fast-moving flood water could knock a person off their feet.
It called on people to abandon their homes immediately if an evacuation was recommended.
Disaster management teams were on standby.
“We are encouraged by the fact that other provinces like Gauteng, Free State, Western Cape and North West pledged to assist the affected provinces,” the department said.
Dineo in Mozambique..please please dont cross the border pic.twitter.com/NWT70kbmes— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) February 16, 2017
#Dineo seriously need a prayer in Mozambique @SowetanLIVE @SABCNewsOnline @eNCA pic.twitter.com/64zYw5iysP— Hasani V Mathebula (@MathebulaXibomb) February 16, 2017
– News24 Wire