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
1. Key points
As of 03 May, a total of 43,367 houses were reported damaged or destroyed (Source INGC), (Cabo Delgado (38,067 houses) and Nampula provinces (5,291 houses) . 26,203 partially destroyed and 17,164 houses were totally destroyed by winds and flooding.
18,189 people (4559 families) are displaced in 35 accommodation centres in centres in Cabo Delgado (17,856 people) and Nampula (313 people).
• In Mozambique, nearly 45,400 houses have either been partially destroyed (27,203) or totally (18,179) in Cabo Delgado and Nampula provinces, as of 7 May. In addition, some 1,316 houses are flooded in Cabo Delgado, according to the Government.
• In Comoros, an estimated 185,900 people are in need of immediate multi-sectoral assistance.
• The death toll following the impact of Tropical Cyclone Kenneth stands at 50 people as of 8 May, including 43 deaths in Mozambique and 7 in Comoros.
The Regional Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis (RVAA) Programme’s regional pre-assessment workshop opened with a call to National Vulnerability Assessment Committees (NVACs) of Member States to harmonize and improve the quality of assessments and analysis; and integrate emerging issues such as nutrition, gender, HIV, markets and urban vulnerability to meet the needs of decision makers.
PEMBA, Mozambique – "We took a lot of people out of vulnerable areas that were completely flooded. The water rose and destroyed many residential areas," said Captain Kleber Castro. "If the people there had not resisted, more than a hundred would have died."
Captain Castro commands the Brazilian military firefighters who have saved the lives of hundreds of people displaced by Cyclone Kenneth near the flooded city of Pemba in the northern part of the country, in conjuction with the Government of Mozambique and several UN agencies.
Written by Paola Barioli, Emergency Communication Officer - 8 May 2019
Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in Cabo Delgado Province on 26 April 2019.
An outbreak of cholera was confirmed on 01 May 2019.
From 1 May to 5 May 2019, the portion of week 18 for which data are available, 75 suspect cases and no deaths were reported in Pemba and Mecúfi districts of Cabo Delgado Province.
The overall attack rate in Cabo Delgado Province was 31 per 100 000 population. Pemba district was the most affected district with an overall attack rate of 33 cases per 100 000 population.
The number of people affected by Cyclone Kenneth had risen to nearly 250,000 people as of 6 May, including 217,122 people in Cabo Delgado and 32,862 people in Nampula, according to the Government.
More than 37,400 people have been reached with food assistance since Cyclone Kenneth made landfall on 25 April.
Accessibility by road remains compromised due to the destruction of infrastructure in multiple locations. However, the road from Macomia to Chai is now open.
- The government of the Republic of Korea will provide 300,000 USD in humanitarian assistance through the World Food Programme (WFP) to the Republic of Mozambique, where the cyclone that occurred on April 25, 2019, took a heavy toll on people and property.
° Cyclone “Kenneth” is known to have so far left 38 killed (announced by the National Institute for Disaster Management of Mozambique on April 29), another 39 injured and some 168,000 displaced in Mozambique.
Mozambique has been hit by two cyclones since March – Idai (14 March) and Kenneth (25 April). UNICEF is now carrying out an emergency response on two fronts; to meet the immediate needs of around 247,000 people (half of them children) affected by Cyclone Kenneth, and continued support to families affected by Cyclone Idai in temporary accommodation centres or as they try to return home.
Jennifer Fitchett Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, University of the Witwatersrand
Health partners mobilize to meet post-cyclone Kenneth health needs in the Union of the Comoros
Moroni, 7 May 2019 - Category 4 Hurricane Kenneth struck the Union of the Comoros on 24 April 2019. At the request of the Government, the Ministry of Health, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), coordinates the efforts of national partners, the United Nations system, civil society and bilateral partners to assist the affected populations.
Breastmilk is the best source of food for all babies wherever they live but, in emergency settings where there is a high risk of diarrhoea, pneumonia and malnutrition, breastfeeding can be critical for child survival.
Unfortunately, continuation of breastfeeding can be threatened in times of emergencies.
- The death toll in Mozambique and Comoros as a result of Tropical Cyclone KENNETH stands at 49, with 41 in Mozambique and eight in Comoros.
- In Mozambique, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), as of 5 May, 17,865 are in shelters across Cabo Delgado Province and 313 across Nampula Province, 4,309 houses have been totally destroyed and 33,425 partially destroyed, whereas the total number of people reportedly affected, reached 241,100 (208,361 in Cabo Delgado and 18,636 in Nampula).
Since the start of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) response to Cyclone Idai, 1,739 humanitarians are registered to access ETC Internet connectivity services to conduct their lifesaving work.
In response to Cyclone Kenneth, a second ETC Coordinator has been deployed to the northern city of Pemba.
This document provides an overview of the logistics services to be made available through the Logistics Cluster, how humanitarian actors responding to the Mozambique emergency may access these services and the conditions under which these services are to be provided.
This document provides an overview of the logistics services to be made available through the Logistics Cluster, how humanitarian actors responding to the crisis in Mozambique may access these services, and the conditions under which these services are to be provided.
• Cholera cases continue to rise, with some 64 cases reported in Pemba (57) and Mecufi (7), 45 of whom had been discharged, as of 0700hrs 5 May.
• Nearly 41,700 school-age children were reportedly affected by cyclone Kenneth, with 477 classrooms destroyed or damaged, according to the Government.
• More than 37,400 people have been reached with food assistance in the most-affected districts of Ibo, Macomia and Quissanga, according to WFP.