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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After the passage of Tropical Cyclone KENNETH over Comoros and Northern Mozambique on 25 April, the death toll and the damage continue to rise.
As of 2 May at 8.00 UTC, UN OCHA reports seven dead in the Comoros and at least 200 injured. 45 000 people are affected, 20 000 have been displaced and 3 818 houses, 400 schools and six health centres were damaged. The national power grid is damaged and there is a high risk of water-borne diseases.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Mozambique expresses solidarity to the people and the Government of Mozambique on the aftermath of cyclone Kenneth and stands ready to assist in the reconstruction, alongside with other United Nations agencies as well as other stakeholders.
Tropical Cyclone Kenneth makes landfall over Mozambique on April 25, following Tropical Cyclone Idai in mid-March
To date, Tropical Cyclone Kenneth continues to cause heavy rains in northern Mozambique
Tropical Cyclone Kenneth affects an estimated 190,000 people in Mozambique and leaves nearly 41,200 people in need in Comoros
USAID DART continues to respond to needs arising from Tropical Cyclones Kenneth and Idai in Mozambique
Story and photos by Saviano Abreu, OCHA
Cyclone Kenneth is the strongest tropical storm to ever make landfall in Mozambique. It hit Cabo Delgado province on 25 April and left a path of destruction and a population in dire need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Kenneth came only six weeks after Cyclone Idai ripped into central Mozambique and killed more than 600 people.
Just over a month after Cyclone Idai devastated central Mozambique, Cyclone Kenneth hit the coast of Cabo Delgado province, in the country’s north, on Thursday evening 25 April.
Several towns and communities are heavily damaged. It continues to rain, and there are large areas that are flooded, or are at risk of flooding.
The IFRC’s Programme and Operations Division has approved the EAP for the Mozambique Red Cross on Cyclones with a timeframe of five years and a budget of CHF 249,390, consisting of CHF 145,906 for readiness and pre-positioning and CHF 103,484 for early action.
The EAP shall be funded from the IFRC’s Forecast based Action by the DREF where allocations shall be drawn on annual basis to cover readiness costs, a one-off pre-positioning cost the first year followed by a one-off sum to implement early actions upon a forecast reaching the trigger.
Emergency assistance needs are anticipated to be atypically high through 2019/20 lean season