Tropical storm Dineo kills at least 7 people in Mozambique

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A tropical cyclone that hit the eastern coast on Wednesday has killed seven people – raising the death toll from 4 people earlier this week.

The storm, has brought heavy rain and winds of up to 160 km an hour, raising the risk of flooding and crop damage in the southern African country. According to a statement released by Mozambique’s emergency operational centre, about 130,000 people living in the Inhambane province – which is 500 kilometres north of the capital Maputo – had been affected by the storm.

Damage could be inflicted on Mozambique’s multi-million dollar macadamia nut industry. Subsistence maize farmers recovering from last year’s El Nino-triggered drought are also at risk.

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