Tropical storm Dineo, which has been building along the east coast of Southern Africa, has made landfall in Mozambique, battering two coastal towns with heavy rain and wind at speeds of up to 160 kilometres per hour.
There were, however, no immediate reports of deaths or injuries and the government’s emergency services is yet to give an update on the situation.
Dineo was expected to develop into a category 1 cyclone with winds at more than 130 kilometre per hour.
Mozambique’s National Institute for Disaster Management urged residents in the coastal cities of Inhambane and Maxixe and surrounding villages to reinforce their roofs, to protect windows, and to stockpile food and water.
After landfall, Dineo will weaken but still has the potential to bring heavy rainfall to parts of Zimbabwe and South Africa.
— Mweli Masilela (@mwelimasilela) February 15, 2017
In January 2012, Mozambique was hit by two cyclones that killed 26 people and displaced more than 125,000, according to official data.