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Cyclone Leaves At Least 3 Dead in Mozambique


Officials in Mozambique say at least three people have been killed by the cyclone that struck the country on Thursday.

The deaths occurred in the southern resort town of Vilanculos, near the spot where Cyclone Favio made landfall.

Witnesses say many buildings in the town were damaged or destroyed by the storm's high winds and rain. Those buildings include the local hospital, which had to move all 120 of its patients to other locations.

Favio came ashore as a category four storm with winds of more than 200 kilometers per hour. Friday it was downgraded to a tropical depression as it moved inland and winds dropped to the 80 kilometers per hour range.

Officials are still concerned that the storm could worsen severe flooding in the center of the country.

At least 30 people have been killed and more than 120,000 others displaced due to heavy rains that have drenched central Mozambique since January.

Officials are watching another storm, Cyclone Gamede, which remains east of Mozambique in the Indian Ocean.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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