WATCH: 16 Dolphins stranded after #Dineo hits Mozambique coast

2017-02-16 14:13 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - The effects of tropical storm Dineo in Mozambique are proving to be deadly, as four people have reportedly lost their lives as the ex-cyclone made landfall on Wednesday night, 15 February. 

Structures, cars and trees have also been affected. Video footage posted to social media by CashewBay Lodge shows how people try to assist 16 dolphins that had stranded in the adverse weather. The standing took place on the beach in front of the Lodge in Inhassoro, Mozambique, in the early hours on Thursday morning.

The lodge ascribes the dolphins' stranding to "Cyclone Dineo's effects".  

"We managed to release eight," the caption reads, "but unfortunately another eight, including two babies, didn't make it."

The do-gooders, who got up at 01:30 to assist the animals, say that they continually tried to swim the dolphins back out to sea, "but the animals were disorientated and kept beaching. Eventually the released dolphins swam out. Very sad to see some not surviving." 

You can see footage of the rescue below: 

The tropical storm Dineo was downgraded from cyclone status on Thursday, 16 February, but SA's Weather Service warns that the storm can still be destructive. 

The South African Weather Service warns that the storm "system will still pose a great risk for the next 36 to 48 hours."

SEE: Ex-cyclone #Dineo still wields destructive SA risk over next 48hrs

Climate change expert and Professor at Wits University Bob Scholes confirmed, saying "the cyclone vs storm classification relates to wind speed, but not to rainfall. A lot of the destructive power relates to very high rainfall - 200 mm in 24 hours - which delivers floods."

An infra-red satellite image of ex-Dineo (now overland) in southern Mozambique, as at 08:15 SA local time on 16 February. 
Source: South African Weather Service / Eumetsat 2017

Risk of heavy showers and thunderstorms over the lowveld and escarpment regions of Mpumalanga and Limpopo remain for Thursday, especially towards evening and overnight, with estimated at 100 to 200mm can be expected over the eastern half of Limpopo province. These conditions will continue into Friday, 17 February, says the weather service. 

In the latter half of Friday, patches of heavy rain may also occur over the western parts of Limpopo province as well as northern Botswana, as the remnants of the low track progressively further westwards over the African subcontinent. 

By Saturday, patches of heavy rain occurrence could even persist over the northern parts of Namibia and Botswana respectively.

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