Mozambique officials have described flooding from the new cyclone as “critical” in parts of Cabo Delgado province such as the towns of Ibo, Macomia and Quissanga, where many buildings and homes have been destroyed.
As soon as the rains lift aid distribution will begin Monday via helicopter and boats in Ibo and Quissanga, said officials, noting that roads have been rendered impassable by the heavy rains. Canoes may be used to deliver aid in Macomia, they added.
Safe drinking water is also becoming a challenge as wells have been contaminated, raising the threat of cholera. Malaria is another concern.
The prolonged heavy rains in Pemba, the provincial capital and an historic port city, caused deadly mudslides. As the rains eased Monday, residents of a poor neighbourhood were digging for bodies.
Two houses were crushed by the collapse of a sprawling dumpsite that hit just after midnight when rains poured, local resident Manuel Joachim told the Associated Press.
Pemba, Mozambique: A second disaster unfolded on Sunday in northern Mozambique in the wake of Cyclone Kenneth as raging flood waters killed one person and began to cut off the region’s main city from the outside world. Some 160,000 people were at risk, with more torrential rain forecast for the days ahead.
A powerful cyclone has smashed into Mozambique, flattening thousands of homes and flooding low-lying areas. Cyclone Kenneth struck with winds of 220km/h (140mph) barely a month after a previous cyclone killed hundreds and devastated large areas.
The Atlantic hurricane season technically runs from June through November, but there’s “nothing magical” about those dates and named storms don’t always play along.
At least one named storm has jumped the gun and developed before June each of the past four hurricane seasons, some of which had impacts in the U.S. and elsewhere in the Atlantic Basin.
WARNING: cyclone Kenneth will reach category 3 by tomorrow (25th). It will affect Northern #Mozambique, Southern #Tanzania, #Malawi & North East #Zambia. Please take this warning SERIOUSLY. Move to higher ground, stock up & prepare for floods. Move away from rivers – William du Plooy @Williamz902 Apr 23