More than 20 000 homes were destroyed in Mozambique, with millions of rands in damage, as tropical storm Dineo hit yesterday, Ladysmith Gazette reports.
Dineo has killed seven people and seriously injured 14 others in Mozambique since its arrival on the eastern coast earlier this week, according to Mozambique government sources.
Ladysmith, in Northern KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), was initially plotted to be in the path of the incoming storm.
The earliest predictions had Dineo hitting northernmost KZN hard.
Yesterday, however, studying charts and satellite images, meteorologists could finally accurately predict that most of Northern KZN would be spared the full brunt of Cyclone Dineo.
Even when it turned into a tropical storm, its path could be seen going through Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Later on, it will be moving into Botswana and ending its stay in Namibia, should current predictions be accurate.
Heavy rains have fallen in Limpopo and up to 200mm in the affected areas.
Emergency services are monitoring the path of the cyclone, as storms of this nature can change direction.
– Caxton News Service