DINEO UPDATE: Don’t be fooled by old WhatsApp messages

Ex-cyclone Dineo is moving swiftly along

News about the whereabouts of ex-cyclone Dineo has been circulating on WhatsApp, terrifying people with the news that ‘Dino will hit South Africa tonight’.

Dineo was downgraded from cyclone status after making landfall in Mozambique on Wednesday.

According to the South African Weather Service, the storm, which battered most of the Mozambique coastline leaving seven people dead and displacing 130, 000 people, has now moved over Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

The Kruger National Park has evacuated two camps and closed gravel roads inside the park as a precautionary measure to prepare for the storm.

Scenes from Mozambique this week during the peak of the storm:

But many KZN locals remain concerned about its path due to outdated messages doing the rounds.

One message, which was originally sent out via WhatsApp earlier this week and is still being circulated, reads ‘STORM WARNING! Be advised that the department of meteorology in South Africa has issued a statement confirming the storm (Dineo) will be hitting South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique as of tonight. The estimated speed is between 30 -90km/h. This wind can damages house, cars and any other property including nature…’

Readers residing in KZN, out of Dineo’s path, are urged to ignore these messages and only refer to updated news reports from reliable sources.


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Amy Jenkins
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