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)
Most read reports
- 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 death toll in Mozambique and Comoros as a result of Tropical Cyclone KENNETH has reached 50, of which 43 in Mozambique (41 in Cabo Delgado Province and two in Nampula Province) and seven in Comoros.
In Mozambique, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), as of 8 May, 94 people were reported injured, approximately 21,500 people sheltered in 11 displacement centres across Cabo Delgado and Nampula Provinces and around 45,400 houses totally or partially destroyed throughout the affected provinces.
‘There was no one coming to help me and my family… so I had to do something’
By Tendai Marima Freelance journalist based in southern Africa.
Floodwaters from Cyclone Kenneth have receded, but damaged roads and bridges are keeping relief teams from reaching thousands still in need. To make matters worse, recent sporadic violence in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado has interrupted aid deliveries.