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The death toll from Cyclone Kenneth in Northern Mozambique has risen to 43, the country’s authorities announced on Monday.
According to the most recent tally by the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC), the number of people affected has also jumped to 250,000 (11,000 more), most of whom in four districts: Macomia (85,225), Mueda (25,680), Chiure (24,435) and Quissanga (21,154).
The Institute presented on Monday an update on the damage caused by Cyclone Kenneth in Cabo Delgado and Nampula provinces and said there has been a significant decrease in the number of people in shelter centres.
On Monday, 12 centres were helping 3,527 people, which represents a fifth of the number recorded on Friday.
Regarding schools, 477 classrooms and 42,000 pupils have been affected, while in the health sector 19 units have registered losses.
The cyclone has also affected 55,488 hectares of farming area, most of which (28,189) are completely destroyed, and damaged 27,203 houses, most precariously built, of which 18,179 are totally destroyed.
On 24 April, Cyclone Kenneth became the first to hit Northern Mozambique since there are meteorological records and it was classified as the fourth category (in a scale of one to five, from the weakest to the strongest).
For the first time, Mozambique was hit by two cyclones in the same rainy season (from November to April), after Cyclone Idai killed 603 people in March in the central part of the country.