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Pemba, today. Photo: Twitter / @AllexandreMZ
Cyclone Kenneth slammed into Mozambique’s Northern Coast on Thursday, just five weeks after the country was pummelled by powerful Cyclone Idai, from which the country is only just beginning to recover.
Don’t focus on the winds, worry about the rain. Cabo Delgado is in line for serious flooding. And the slower the storm gets, the more rain it drops on a given place. https://t.co/cRmHFs5x8G
— Tom Bowker (@TomBowk) April 25, 2019
Quiet Pemba city, #Mozambique , massive rains of10”-20” w/ localized amts potentially 30″from #Kenneth onto lowlands areas expected in much/most of Cabo Delgado province—the size of Maine.#unfpa pre-positioned. pic.twitter.com/SB6tycRoOT
— Andrea M. Wojnar (@DiagneAndrea) April 26, 2019
At least 800 people died in Mozambique and neighbouring countries as a result of the Cyclone Idai and the floods that followed.
This week, winds from Cyclone Kenneth escalated to those equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane, weakening before coming ashore, but are still the strongest recorded to date in Mozambique. The storm formed in the Indian Ocean earlier this week, and three people were killed from storm impacts on the islands of Comoros as the cyclone swept through.
— Corinna Jentzsch (@coboje) April 26, 2019
Sounds like Macomia, home district of #FreeAmade, was the worst hit in last night’s Cyclone. Amade is not there but his wife and kids are (and the rest of their community of course). Thankfully reports suggest flooding not too severe there – yet.
— Tom Bowker (@TomBowk) April 26, 2019
The storm system is expected to bring torrential rains throughout the rest of the week, and the northern city of Pemba is expected to get more than three feet of rain, more than the area typically sees in a year.
Local groups, like Health Alliance International, a nonprofit working to strengthen health systems in the region, were watching the cyclone’s impacts with a wary eye.
“The idea that Mozambique’s already under-resourced health, education, and public works systems might be further burdened by the impact of a second cyclone so soon after Idai, highlights the importance of reinforcing the resilience of these critical public institutions, before and long after any storm is on its way,” said Health Alliance International’s Adam Granato.
Kenneth made landfall north of Cyclone Idai’s path through Beira, in the central part of Mozambique.
“The distance from Beira is significant, so there are no formal storm preparations currently happening in Sofala or Manica Provinces. But HAI along with the international response community in Beira is watching the storm closely, and we highly encourage any responders to coordinate closely with Cabo Delgado’s Provincial Health Service, who will be around long after the cyclone hits,” according to Tracy Woodman, Health Alliance International’s Deputy Director.
A 20-pallet shipment of medical aid is en route to Maputo, Mozambique, to support the work of Health Alliance International.
Contained in the shipment are more than 1 million defined daily doses of antibiotics, as well as essential medicines to manage chronic conditions like diabetes. Also included are oral re-hydration salts, which will be used to help re-hydrate people recovering from diseases like cholera.
The disease is endemic to the region and more than 6,300 cases have been reported and eight deaths have occurred in Mozambique, according to the World Health Organisation.
By Lara Cooper
All photos below are courtesy of Pinnacle News
Mocímboa da Praia, April 26:
Nacala Porto, April 26:
All photos below are courtesy of @AllexandreMZ
Pemba, April 26:
Quissanga, April 26:
Pemba, April 25:
Macomia, April 25:
Muidumbe, April 25:
Ibo, April 25:
UPDATE: Based on satellite estimates, Cyclone Kenneth has just made landfall in Mozambique — just north of the city of Pemba as a Category 4.
Kenneth is the strongest tropical cyclone to ever hit Mozambique — and also the strongest ever to hit the African continent. https://t.co/roztbYUSUW
— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) April 25, 2019
— EUMETSAT (@eumetsat) April 25, 2019
Source: Direct Relief
— Weather Underground (@wunderground) April 25, 2019
Natural resources management in Mozambique