Southern African countries remain on high alert following the devastating Cyclone Dineo which hit parts of Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe. The cyclone has left heavy infrastructural damage on its trail and many families have been displaced.
The storms killed seven people in Mozambique and left 130,000 people homeless destroying 2,000 homes. In Zimbabwe, two helicopters from Zimbabwe’s Air Force were used to airlift over 50 families that were stranded by the floods. The flood occurred when the Gwayi river in the southern district of Tsholotsho burst its banks. The cyclone has been followed by heavy storms.
— Mweli Masilela (@mwelimasilela) February 15, 2017
Mozambique was the worst hit country with at least 116 government buildings having their roofs blown away. According to news24, disaster management spokesperson Antonio Beleza said one bridge and 24km of roads had been damaged. He further said government had distributed 512 tons of cereal, 51 tons of sugar, 19 tons of salt, 19 tons of cooking oil and 128 tons of seeds.
The cyclone affected Namibia and Botswana as both countries experienced heavy rainfall. The cyclone passed through South Africa doing little damage. With dams in the various Southern African countries filling up there is a high likelihood of flooding and displacement of people.
Social media has been awash with videos and pictures of the rampage of Cyclone Dineo.
This must be some kind of a sick joke,How can you call a killer cyclone "#Dineo"Gifts"?? What about Dilailah? Dimakatso?
— Ndlovukazi (@SarahMthembu2) February 16, 2017
I bet if this cyclone was in Europe instead of joking about it we would be fasting and praying for that particular European country #Dineo
— Mojalefa (@MN_Mokomele_) February 17, 2017
— Master J (@JostaMasterJ) February 17, 2017
When shit hit France people got so emotional and even changed PPs to France flag ,but cyclone just next door and it's jokes #dineo
— Kudamaster (@kuda_Stylez) February 17, 2017
I pray for our parents, loved ones and siblings in Limpopo. May God protect them from heartbreaking cyclone #Dineo
— ms kay (@Kagisoberry) February 17, 2017