Cyclone hits Mozambique

MAPUTO - A powerful tropical cyclone with winds of up to 230kmh raged ashore in southern Mozambique yesterday, uprooting trees, knocking over electric pylons and raising fears of new floods.

MAPUTO - A powerful tropical cyclone with winds of up to 230kmh raged ashore in southern Mozambique yesterday, uprooting trees, knocking over electric pylons and raising fears of new floods.

Cyclone Favio is heading towards the Zambezi River, where it is likely to worsen floods which have killed 40 people and driven 120000 from their homes.

Now rated a category four storm, Cyclone Favio hit the tourist town of Vilanculos early yesterday, destroying a number of houses built of flimsy material, officials said.

The National Meteorology Institute said Favio's strong winds and rains were concentrated in the province of Inhambane but were felt as far away as Xai-Xai, capital of Gaza province. -Reuters

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