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Cyclone Freddy teaches deadly lessons on storm warnings, city sprawl

Cyclone Freddy teaches deadly lessons on storm warnings, city sprawl

FRANK PHIRI, MANUEL MUCARI and CARIEN DU PLESSIS DAYS before Cyclone Freddy struck Mozambique on March 11 for the second time, cars with loudhailers moved through the streets of the port town of Quelimane warning residents to move to shelters on higher ground with stocks of food and water. Most people heeded the warnings, knowing from bitter experience the damage such storms could inflict: 600 people died in Cyclone Idai in 2019. "Local authorities came around my neighbourhood to alert us of the imminent danger. They blew the whistle," recalled 31-year-old Quelimane resident Amelia Antonio. Those preparations helped save lives…
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