Cyclone Favio, a powerful tropical storm, strikes Mozambique

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Cyclone FavioCyclone Favio. Source: www.earthweek.com

Thursday, 22 February 2007

On 22 February 2007, a category 4 cyclone named Favio struck the central province of Inhambane in Mozambique. Although the cyclone was concentrated in Inhambane, the winds and rains were felt as far away as the Province of Gaza. Favio was the worst storm to hit Mozambique ever.

The country was just recovering from flood devastation and it was feared that Favio would add to the devastation. The cyclone caused vast damage, destroying homes, schools, and uprooting trees. More than 140 000 people were displaced. However, despite its severity, the cyclone claimed very few lives. UNICEF praised the Mozambican government for their quick response to the storm.

References:
• UNICEF, "Coastal towns hard at work after Cyclone Favio",From:UNICEF,[online] Available at: www.unicef.org [Accessed on 14 February 2012]
• 
BBC News, "Cyclone Favio strikes Mozambique", From: BBC News[Online] Available at: news.bbc.co.uk[Accessed on 14 February 2012]

Last updated : 03-Feb-2014

This article was produced by South African History Online on 16-Feb-2012

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