Dineo kills seven as it stays on its predicted path

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As Cyclone Dineo moved through southern Africa, social media has inevitably been flooded with shocking images and videos showing the chaos it has wreaked - but you shouldn't believe everything you see.

Cyclones are characterised by heavy rains and violent storms that can leave trails of destruction.

While extremely strong winds and heavy rain assaulted the affected areas - with roofs blown off, trees uprooted, cars washed away, widespread damage to infrastructure and over 20,000 homes destroyed - "worst case" preparations were being made.

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The storm‚ which was downgraded from a tropical cyclone yesterday morning‚ is expected to bring as much as 200mm of rain in 24 hours to parts of the two countries. It is especially vulnerable after a major drought previous year as soils degraded or hardened by dry spells do not easily absorb water.

The greatest effect in SA would be overnight on Thursday into Friday morning, with heavy rains over Limpopo, which includes Kruger National Park.

The Mozambican government said the situation was less severe in Gaza province and its capital Xai-Xai, halfway between Maputo and Inhambane.

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Head of National Disaster Management Mmaphaka Tau said no disaster incidents were reported in Mpumalanga as well as Limpopo although heavy rain was experienced over night.

However, the government said it feared flooding in the area due to the torrential downpour.

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