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Ekeomah Atuonwu

The death toll from a cyclone that struck Mozambique 🇲🇿 this week climbed to 12 on Sunday after devastating wind and rain lashed the southern African country.

Cyclone Gombe has affected more than 30,000 people, injuring 40, and destroyed more than 3,000 homes since making landfall on Friday.

In the port city of Nacala, houses were staggering on the edge of cliffs facing the ocean and walls had collapsed Gombe is now moving towards Malawi, according to reports eight shelters were opened in Nampula, Mozambique’s most populated province, which was hit by Tropical Storm Ana in January, causing death and destruction.

Cyclone Idai, the most powerful cyclone to ever hit Mozambique, wreaked havoc in the country in 2019.

“Gombe came in stronger than Idai, but it didn’t have the same impact in terms of devastation and the fact that it lost strength immediately away,” said Cesar Tembe of Mozambique’s national center for risk management.

Cesar Tembe

Every year, roughly 80 tropical storms or cyclones form above tropical oceans all around the world. Southern Africa’s cyclone season runs from November to April.

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