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Cyclone Jokwe lashes Mozambique

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Mozambique, Africa
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MAPUTO, March 10 (Reuters) - Tropical cyclone Jokwe battered parts of Mozambique for a third day on Monday, killing at least eight people and destroying thousands of homes in the northern Nampula province, Radio Mozambique reported.

The state-controlled broadcaster said four districts were being lashed by heavy downpours and winds of up to 200 kph (125 miles per hour).

Thousands of people have had to flee their homes and the cyclone has destroyed almost 20,000 homes, wrecked electricity pylons and uprooted trees.

Emergency officials said the cyclone was moving south and they expected the death toll to increase.

Paulo Zucula, director of the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC), said Cyclone Jokwe was more dangerous than Cyclone Favio, which hit Mozambique last year killing 10 people.

"The situation is terrible right now with dangerous winds of 200 kph travelling to the southern parts of Mozambique," he told Reuters.

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