Tropical Cyclone Kenneth - Apr 2019Ongoing
On 23 April, Tropical Cyclone Kenneth formed north of Madagascar and east of the Aldabra Atoll, north of the Mozambique Channel. Its path is expected to pass over the northern tip of the Comoros islands on 24 April and continue onward to northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania. It is expected to make landfall in the district of Palma in Mozambique on 25 April...The Global Disaster Alert Coordination System (GDACS) has issued an orange alert for the Cyclone, meaning a medium humanitarian impact is expected based on the storm strength and its forecasted path. According to UNOSAT, the entire population of Comoros (758,339) is within the Cyclone’s windspeed zones, with Grand Comore the primary concern. In Mozambique, more than 747,000 people are living within the Cyclone’s path, mainly in Cabo Delgado Province, including a projected 117,000 living in high wind speed zones. (OCHA, 24 Apr 2019)
On the evening of 25 April, Tropical Cyclone Kenneth made landfall between the districts of Macomia and Mocimboa da Praia. Although preliminary information on impact is still incoming, the storm’s cyclonic winds were expected to reach 180 kilometres per hour prior to landfall, according to the Mozambique National Institute for Meteorology (INM). The Cyclone is forecasted to bring heavy rains, with over 500mm of rainfall expected from 24 to 30 April, and more than 750mm possible in some locations in Cabo Delgado. As the storm comes at the end of the rainy season, river levels are already high, and several rivers are projected to increase beyond the severe alert threshold after landfall, with peak flows most likely to occur on 29 April in the region around Pemba (Mozambique). There is a high risk of flash flooding and landslides. (OCHA, 25 Apr 2019)
The official death toll from the impact of Tropical Cyclone Kenneth in northern Mozambique has risen to 38 people, according to the Government. Nearly 35,000 houses have either been partially destroyed (32,034) or totally destroyed (2,930), according to the Government ... More than 570 mm of rain has been recorded since 25 April in Pemba, the highest in Cabo Delgado. (OCHA, 29 Apr 2019)
More than 27,000 people have been reached with food assistance since Cyclone Kenneth made landfall on 25 April 2019. International deliveries of shelter supplies began to arrive in Pemba on 1 May 2019; more flights are scheduled in the days ahead. The number of people affected by Tropical Cyclone Kenneth has risen to more than 384,800, with an estimated 185,000 people affected in Comoros and at least 199,836 affected in Mozambique. The risk of water-borne diseases is high, with many areas still without access to clean water following the cyclone. (OCHA, 2 May 2019)
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- Save the Children: At least 400 children still separated from parents in Mozambique amidst major funding shortfall. 22 May 2019
- FEWS NET: Southern Africa Key Message Update, May 2019. 23 May 2019
- OCHA: Mozambique - Cyclone Kenneth: Humanitarian snapshot as of 20 May 2019 [EN/PT]. 22 May 2019
- AfDB: Mozambique: African Development Bank comes through with climate risk insurance solutions post cyclone. 13 May 2019
- IOM: Impact of Cyclone Kenneth Continues to Affect Northern Mozambique: IOM. 17 May 2019
The Union of Comoros faced a tropical cyclone - Kenneth - which landed on 24 April in the north Ngazidja Island.
UNICEF, along with the Government and humanitarian partners are providing an immediate response to support those affected by the cyclone.
A multi-sectoral Rapid Needs Assessment was initiated on 25 April with key stakeholders, including UNICEF staff. This will enable the identification of immediate needs and better indicate those sectors worst affected.
Children and families in areas affected by Cyclone Kenneth could face deadly flooding and landslides in coming days
Cyclone Kenneth (category 4) made landfall on evening of 25 April in the Cabo Delgado Province of Mozambique.
The Districts of Macomia, Quissanga and Ibo are the hardest hit.
UNICEF deployed an emergency team to Cabo Delgado in advance of the landfall and is providing a coordinated multisectorial response (WASH, Health & Nutrition and Child Protection) to the most affected population on the ground.
Responding to the news that Mozambique has been hit by another catastrophic storm, Cyclone Kenneth, Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of Amnesty International said:
“It is just five weeks since Cyclone Idai, one of the worst weather-related disasters in Southern Africa, hit Mozambique and the country has far from recovered. Now its people are experiencing the shock of yet another life-changing storm, one that is expected to bring yet more devastating rainfall, storm surges and flooding.
A team from the aid agency CARE is reporting widespread destruction in northern Mozambique as Cyclone Kenneth tears through the region a little more than a month after deadly Cyclone Idai.
It is the first time two cyclones have hit Mozambique during the same season, the United Nations has said.
Initial assessments show 99 per cent of Ibo district in the country’s north has been destroyed.
"Worryingly, it is still raining heavily and this is raising the risk of flooding,” said Daw Mohammed, CARE’s Director of Humanitarian Operations, from the city of Pemba.
• Tropical Cyclone Kenneth has now “stalled” over Cabo Delgado province of northern Mozambique, where it is expected to bring heavy rains in the coming days.
• In Mozambique, one death has been reported and more than 18,000 people are sheltering in accommodation centres, according to preliminary Government figures.
• In the Comoros, three fatalities have been reported on Grande Comore Island, at least 20 people are injured and 1,000 displaced.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (April 26, 2019)—Tropical Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province Thursday evening, recording maximum sustained winds of 124 mph, the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane.
Save the Children is assessing the options to respond to this new disaster, which will very likely get worse as flash floods, landslides and storm surges expected in the coming days. Access to the area is a challenge as flights have been cancelled and roads will have been washed away.
Mozambique is still reeling from the devastating impact of Cyclone Idai six weeks ago, but has not been spared from further disaster. Cyclone Kenneth struck the north of the country on Thursday April 25.
Extent of the damage not yet known
Following the extensive damage caused by tropical cyclone Kenneth in northern Mozambique and Comoros, the EU is providing initial €1.5 million to help the people affected by the heavy rainfall and destruction that the new cyclone left in its trail.
- Tropical Cyclone KENNETH made landfall in Mozambique between Macomia and Quissanga Districts on 25 April.
- As of 26 April, three fatalities have been reported on Grande Comore Island, at least 20 injured and 1 000 displaced. Initial informations point to extensive damage across Comoros, with several villages flooded, power outages and road blocks in Grande Comore and Anjouan.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
This DREF operation is being launched in preparedness of Tropical Cyclone Kenneth, which is expected to make landfall in southern Tanzania on the 26th of April 2019. The cyclone currently has a windspeed of over 200km/h and is expected to cause high swells between 6m and 8m, rough sea conditions, heavy rain fall (400- 500mm), strong winds and flooding.
Beira/Nairobi/Geneva, 26 April 2019 – Red Cross teams in northern Mozambique are reporting serious damage in towns and communities that bore the brunt of Cyclone Kenneth overnight.
Kenneth made landfall with wind speeds of up to 231 km per hour – almost the equivalent of a category 4 hurricane. Initial reports from Quissanga indicate extensive damage to houses, while communication with Macomia and Muidumbe remains down.
Antonio Carabante, Relief Delegate with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Nampula said:
A few weeks after IDAI which wreaked havoc on central Mozambique (and eastern Zimbabwe), the country is dealing with another unprecedented event. Tropical Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in northern Mozambique on 25 April, near the border with Tanzania, in an area where no tropical cyclone has been observed since the satellite era. There is no record of two storms of such intensity striking Mozambique in the same season. It has now weakened into a depression.
Situation Overview Highlights:
Humanity Road activated the disaster desk at a Yellow Level 2 to monitor impacts to Comoros from Cyclone Kenneth. . According to UNOSAT the entire population of Comoros (758,339) is within the cyclones reach. GDACS issued an orange alert for the cyclone. Flooding due to heavy rains is expected to increase with winds reaching up to 130mph. The storm is expected to make landfall in northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania.