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Cyclone Funso Unleashes Deadly Floods in Mozambique January 27, 2012
CIMSS Satellite Loop
Cyclone Funso can be seen swirling just off Mozambique's central coast on Monday.
Two slowly moving tropical cyclones that drenched the southern African nation of Mozambique for days left 22 people dead and destroyed the homes of more than 56,000 people.

A tropical depression produced torrential rainfall as it swirled through the south of the country Jan. 15-17.

Cyclone Funso then stalled along the central coast the following week, reaching Category-3 force just off the coastal communities of Morrua and Quelimane.

Floods triggered by cloudbursts in the cyclone's outer bands wrecked hundreds of houses in the neighboring country of Malawi.

Six people were killed by floods that also swamped South Africa's Mpumalanga province.

The Mozambique News Agency reports that road access to the country’s capital, Maputo, was cut off after floodwaters from the Komati River and its tributaries swamped the country's main north-south highway.

Funso eventually moved southwestward, away from the Mozambique coast, losing force as it passed over cooler waters to the south of Madagascar.

The latest inundations brought back memories of catastrophic flooding 12 years ago that killed at least 700 people and displaced 500,000 others in the country’s worst disaster on record.

Cyclone Funso Track

Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS