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Tropical Cyclone Dineo in pictures: devastation captured on Twitter, Instagram

UPDATE: 17 Feb, 1.17pm: The Middle Letaba Dam in Limpopo is reportedly 102% full. Community members have been alerted.

UPDATE: 17 Feb, 9.08am: The Mozambique government have confirmed that seven people have died. The storm is currently moving through Limpopo.

UPDATE: 16 Feb, 1.30pm: At least four people, including a child, have died according to SABC News.

Tropical cyclone Dineo has been downgraded to the status of tropical depression ex-Dineo, and South Africans can breathe a small sigh of relief. As Limpopo, KwaZulu Natal and Mpumulanga prepare for heavy rains and 80 km/h winds, images from Mozambique that was hit last prepare them for what is coming later this afternoon.

#dineo #maputo #mozambique

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Situation in #Mozambique as as cyclone #Dineo hits 👀😨😨 #VLHH

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The cyclone formed over the Indian ocean, but — luckily for South Africa — it made most of its trip over land. Because cyclones need the ocean to heat up, it has slowly weakened en route to Limpopo.

Disaster management remains on high alert, and has been communicating with community forums on what to do in the event of an emergency.

If you are in the KwaZulu Natal and in need of assistance due to the storm, you can call the toll-free number 0800 000 953/4. Limpopo’s toll-free number is 0800 222 111.

#Dineo on its way into Nelspruit #cyclone

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The calm before the storm @andbeyondkirkmanskamp #dineo #cyclone #wildwatch #travelandbeyond #sunset #kirkmanskamp

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Feature image: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team