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Cyclone Favio Strikes Mozambique March 2, 2007
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Cyclone Favio making landfall along Mozambique's southern coast on Friday, February 23.
Category 3 Cyclone Favio slammed into the coast of southern Mozambique, killing at least five people around the tourist town of Vilanculos before drenching a nation that was already in the grip of a flood crisis.

The U.N. agency UNICEF reports the damage to Vilanculos was extensive. It reports the main market collapsed into shredded pieces of poles, bricks and steel frames.

Cyclone Favio hit the east coast of Mozambique just two weeks after flooding in the country's Zambezi Valley destroyed the homes of 160,000 people.

"It is rare for a country to be hit by two massive and simultaneous emergencies within such a short period of time," said UNICEF Mozambique representative Leila Pakkala.

Favio weakened over the interior of the country, but brought severe storms and flash flooding that knocked out power to many areas of neighboring Zimbabwe.

Remants of the cyclone also struck Tanzania's Kilimanjaro Region, destroying 56 houses in Hai township.

Cyclone Favio track

Satellite image: NASA