News ID: 252106
Published: 1041 GMT April 29, 2019

Death toll in Mozambique after Cyclone Kenneth jumps to 38

Death toll in Mozambique after Cyclone Kenneth jumps to 38
AFP / Emidio Josine

The number of people killed after Cyclone Kenneth slammed into Mozambique has jumped from five to 38, the country’s disaster management institute said on Monday.

Cyclone Kenneth made landfall on Mozambique’s northern coast on Thursday, packing storm surges and wind gusts of up to 280 kilometers per hour. Since then it has dumped heavy rain on the region, causing floods, Reuters reported.

Heavy rain battered northern Mozambique on Monday as residents and relief workers confronted the widespread devastation wrought by the strongest cyclone to ever hit Africa, which also destroyed thousands of homes.

Roads have been washed away, fields submerged and many buildings wrecked by the storm, which came weeks after Cyclone Idai hit the Mozambican city of Beira, 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) to the south, AFP reported.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) described it as the strongest cyclone to ever lash the continent, and predicted further heavy rain over the coming days.

"Cyclone Kenneth made landfall at the end of the rainy season, when river levels were already high, increasing the risk of river flooding," the UN agency said in its latest update.

"Humanitarian needs in Mozambique have skyrocketed, and the humanitarian response will need to rapidly scale up."

According to figures provided by the Mozambique authorities to NGOs, around 200,000 people in Pemba city, the capital of Cabo Delgado, are in danger.

According to a preliminary toll from the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC), 38 people have died, 39 have been injured, more than 23,000 people are without shelter and nearly 35,000 homes have been either partly or completely destroyed.

Before smashing into Mozambique, Kenneth passed by the Comoros.


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