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UPDATE: 17 Feb, 1.17pm: The Middle Letaba Dam in Limpopo is reportedly 102% full. Community members have been alerted.
#Dineo Water and sanitation department says the Middle Letaba Dam in Limpopo is 102% full. An alert has been sent for possible flooding.
— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) February 17, 2017
UPDATE: 17 Feb, 9.08am: The Mozambique government have confirmed that seven people have died. The storm is currently moving through Limpopo.
— Senku Matsepane (@SenkuMatsepane) February 17, 2017
— African Child (@ZikhonaTshona) February 17, 2017
UPDATE: 16 Feb, 1.30pm: At least four people, including a child, have died according to SABC News.
— Tumelo Machogo ® (@IamTumelo) February 16, 2017
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.
— Joint Cyclone Center (@JointCyclone) February 15, 2017
#Dineo causing havoc in Mozambique already 😱😱
— Tumi Sole (@tumisole) February 15, 2017
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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.
— African Child (@ZikhonaTshona) February 16, 2017
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Feature image: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team