The South African Weather Services (SAWS) has issued an alert to the northeastern parts of South Africa, specifically Limpopo, to prepare for the arrival of Cyclone Dineo.
SAWS has warned that the greatest impact in South Africa is expected to be experienced overnight on Thursday and in the early hours of Friday morning, February 17. The eastern half of Limpopo has been warned to expect heavy rain, as much as 100 to 200mm may fall per day.
“By early Friday morning, the surface vortex (core) of Dineo should begin dissipating in the region of Musina and Beit Bridge in the northern part of Limpopo province,” the statement issued by SAWS read.
The Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance has assembled a team comprising of members of the SAPS, SANDF, traffic officials, SASSA and Ambulance services to be ready to respond to any crises that may arise.
Members of the public are advised to be aware of the following measures:
- If trapped in flooding in a vehicle, abandon it and climb to higher ground.
- In buildings, move valuables to a safe place above the expected flood level.
- Switch off electricity at the supply point to the building.
- In rural areas protect/relocate animals to a safe place on higher ground. Abandon your home immediately if evacuation is recommended, before access is cut off by flood water.
- Never drive on a road covered by water as you do not know how deep it is or if the road has been washed away. If the vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.
- Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to recognize flood dangers. Listen to the radio or TV for warnings and obey the instructions from disaster management officers.
The system, formed in the Mozambique channel, now looks to strengthen quickly over the next 36 hours, and is expected to make landfall in Mozambique on Thursday.