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Mozambique: Storm and flooding to get worse, officials warn

Mozambique prepares for severe weather as storm evicts residents during cyclone season.
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A Mozambican man helps his wife cross the flooded highway to Xhai Xhai from Maputo, Feb. 22, 2000, next to an overturned bus which was overturned when Cyclone Eline hit Mozambique. (Yova Lemmer/AFP/Getty Images)

NAIROBI, Kenya — Earlier this week people in low-lying, flood-prone parts of Mozambique were warned by the authorities to flee as heavy rainstorms beat down
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More from GlobalPost: Flood warning issued by authorities

And the situation is getting worse. 

An estimated 1,500 people have been forced to abandon their 
homes, 
a third of them in the capital Maputo
, 
and four have lost their lives.

Forecasters are predicting more, heavier storms to come.

It is still a 
long, long way from the disaster of 2000 when half a million people
 were left homeless by flooding that killed around 700 people, but 
fears are rising along with the floodwaters.

Here's Mozambique back in 2000:

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/africa/mozambique-storm-flooding-african-residents-cyclone-season

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