Second major cyclone ravages Mozambique
Mozambique is still reeling from the devastating impact of Cyclone Idai 6 weeks ago but has not been spared from further disaster. Cyclone Kenneth struck the north of the country yesterday.
A home in Beira damaged by cyclone Idai on 14th March 2019 | © C.Briade / HI (IMAGE ARCHVIES avril 2019)
Extent of the damage not yet known
Cyclone Kenneth brought wind speeds of over 60 mph and torrential rain to the north-eastern coast of Mozambique on Thursday evening. Accurate reports of the damage caused are not yet available but HI’s emergency response experts plan to visit the area to conduct an evaluation. HI’s emergency teams are currently deployed in Beira (central Mozambique), helping vulnerable victims of cyclone Idai.
Heavy rains and flooding forecast
The storm system is expected to remain in the region for several days causing continued heavy rain and creating a serious risk of major flooding. Flood waters may destroy vast areas of agricultural land at a time when the country is extremely weak in terms of food production.