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)
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)
From 9 to 17 September, in close coordination with Mozambique’s National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC), IOM DTM (Displacement Tracking Matrix) teams conducted baseline assessments at locality level (localidade), the findings were as follows:
- All the affected population remain within the same locality;
- More than 160,000 people whose homes were affected by shelter damage have stayed inside their locality;
- In Cabo Delgado, reported a displaced population who have not returned to their locality of origin estimated at around 1,000 individuals and 200 households;
- The number of returned populations who have returned to their locality of origin represents nearly 2,500 people and around 500 households.
(IOM,INGC, 27 Sep 2019)
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As of 24 April, Tropical Cyclone Kenneth, a category 1 storm (speeds of up to 110 kph) is expected to impact on the Union of Comoros.
An estimated 150, 000 people mainly north and east of the island of Grande Comore are under threat. There is a high risk of flooding over the whole territory and particularly on the island of Anjouan.
Of those in need, 67,800 are children and 41,800 women.
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JTWC Summary: TROPICAL CYCLONE 24S (KENNETH), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 44 NM NORTHWEST OF COMOROS ISLAND, HAS TRACKED WESTWARD AT 06 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS.ANIMATED ENHANCED INFRARED (EIR) SATELLITE IMAGERY REVEALS A PERSISTENT PINHOLE EYE AND STRONG CONVECTION SURROUNDING THE EYEWALL.THE INITIAL POSITION IS BASED WITH HIGH CONFIDENCE ON THE EYE IN THE EIR IMAGERY.THE INITIAL INTENSITY OF 115 KTS IS BASED ON THE 242345Z AUTOMATED DVORAK TECHNIQUE ESTIMATE OF T6.0 (115 KTS), IN AGREEMENT WITH THE FMEE DVORAK CURRENT INTENSITY ESTIMATE OF T6.0, BUT BELOW THE PGTW AND KNES ESTIMATES OF …
Nairobi/Geneva, 24 April 2019 – Teams of Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers are on alert as a Cyclone Kenneth makes its way to Comoros and potentially on to Tanzania and Mozambique.
Red Cross volunteers in northern Mozambique are alerting communities in areas where the concern of flooding, erosion and landslides are particularly high, including Nacala-Porto and Nacala-A Velha districts. Tanzania and Mozambique Red Cross are prepositioning supplies and preparing teams in anticipation.
On 23 April, a tropical storm north of Madagascar began to strengthen and was named Tropical Cyclone Kenneth.
The Cyclone is expected to impact Comoros on 24 April and make landfall in Mozambique on 25 April.
Heavy rainfall and winds are expected in Comoros, Mozambique and Tanzania.
There is significant risk of flash and river flooding where heavy rainfall occurs. Winds are likely to be strong enough to cause destruction.
Flash flooding could occur as storm system brings rain to Mozambique and Tanzania.
By Lara Cooper
Mozambique is again bracing for another storm brewing in the Indian Ocean, one that’s expected to make landfall along the country’s northern coast later this week.
Tropical Storm Kenneth is projected to come ashore near the Tanzania-Mozambique border on Thursday, bringing heavy rains and flash flooding.
JTWC Summary: TROPICAL CYCLONE (TC) 24S (KENNETH), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 197 NM EAST-NORTHEAST OF COMOROS ISLAND, HAS TRACKED WESTWARD AT 10 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS.ANIMATED ENHANCED INFRARED SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS THE SYSTEM HAS MOSTLY MAINTAINED OVERALL CONVECTIVE SIGNATURE WITH A SLIGHTLY DEEPER CENTRAL CONVECTION.THE INITIAL POSITION IS BASED ON THE MICROWAVE EYE FEATURE IN THE 232158Z ATMS PASS WITH HIGH CONFIDENCE.THE INITIAL INTENSITY OF 65 KNOTS IS BASED ON THE DVORAK ESTIMATES OF T4.0/65KTS FROM PGTW AND KNES.UPPER LEVEL ANALYSIS INDICATES THE CYCLONE IS IN AN AREA OF LIGHT …
BEIRA (April 23, 2019) —A storm brewing in the Indian Ocean may form another tropical cyclone and strike Mozambique causing further destruction, CARE experts warned today.
According to weather monitoring services, Tropical Storm Kenneth may bring “life-threatening weather” with wind speeds of up to 105 mph to northern Mozambique, the Comoros Islands and Tanzania over the coming days.
"At least 700,000 people are at risk within the region of Cabo Delgado if this storm makes landfall as forecasted,” said Marc Nosbach, CARE Mozambique's country director.
Just over a month after the tropical cyclone IDAI-19 a new tropical storm is heading toward Comoros, Tanzania and the north of Mozambique called “twentyfour-19”. The category 2 tropical storm is expected to make landfall between the 27th and the 28th of April 2018 south of Mocimboa da Praia town located in the province of Cabo Delgado in the extreme northern part of Mozambique.
April 23, 2019 10:48 AM VOA News
A new tropical cyclone forming in the Indian Ocean looks set to strike the Comoros, Mozambique and Tanzania this week, just over a month after Cyclone Idai devastated parts of southeastern Africa.
The storm, which the French meteorological agency calls Tropical Cyclone Kenneth, was about 200 kilometers north of Madagascar Tuesday and heading toward the Comoros islands.
- Tropical Depression TWENTYFOUR, which formed over the south-west Indian Ocean on 23 April, is moving west towards Outer Islands of Seychelles, Comores and Mozambique.
- On 23 April at 0.00, its centre was approximately 50 km west of Farquhar Atoll (Outer Islands of Seychelles) and 260 km north-east of the northern cape of Madagascar, with maximum sustained winds of 56 km/h.
- It is expected to move further west, strengthening and passing approximately 250 km north of Madagascar before reaching the Comoros on 25 April and Northern Mozambique on 25-26 …