According to local media and residents, record-breaking Cyclone Freddy has hit Mozambique for the second time, causing widespread damage and a lockdown in one port town. As reported by SowetanLIVE, the storm, one of the strongest ever recorded in the southern hemisphere, made landfall on Sunday after hours of battering the coast with rain.
Meteorological experts predict that the slow-moving cyclone will bring heavy rainfall due to its prolonged duration. In addition, climate change is exacerbating the intensity and frequency of destructive storms worldwide.
Last month, over 171,000 people were affected and 27 killed when Freddy made its first landfall, and more than half a million people are at risk this time. In addition, Freddy has set records for both duration and strength, with the highest accumulated cyclone energy in the history of any southern hemisphere storm, according to information from the US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.
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