Cyclone Kenneth infographic
Graphic shows path of Cyclone Kenneth.
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MOZAMBIQUE

Mozambique hit by another cyclone

By Jordi Bou

April 25, 2019 - Cyclone Kenneth will bring strong winds and torrential rain to Mozambique, still reeling from the effects of devastating Cyclone Idai. Southern Tanzania is also at risk.

Mozambique is one of the world's poorest countries and Cyclone Idai wiped out crops in the southern African nation's breadbasket on the eve of harvest.

Hundreds of thousands of people could face hunger in the months ahead, and a new storm bringing fresh flooding will further complicate efforts to recover.

The UN called Idai “one of the deadliest storms on record in the southern hemisphere,” and the arrival of another major storm will again raise concerns about climate change.

As it approached Mozambique, Cyclone Kenneth left people in the Indian Ocean island nation of Comoros without power, with some losing their homes. There was no immediate report of any casualties.

In Tanzania, the government told students and workers in the southern regions of Lindi, Mtwara and Ruvuma to stay home but said people living near the coast should evacuate.

The UN, the Red Cross and other aid organizations were already bracing for what could be another large relief operation, again in mostly rural areas.

The UN already had expressed concern that its $342 million aid appeal for what will be months of Cyclone Idai relief work in Mozambique and neighboring Zimbabwe is just 24% funded.

PUBLISHED: 25/04/2019; STORY: Graphic News
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