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02 May 2019 description

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.

02 May 2019 description

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.

02 May 2019 description


  • 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


01 May 2019 description

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.

01 May 2019 description

Project Update

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.

01 May 2019 description

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.

01 May 2019 description


Lusaka, Zambia:
Dooshima Tsee
Catholic Relief Services

Baltimore, Maryland:
Nikki Gamer
Catholic Relief Services
(443) 955- 7125

01 May 2019 description

Emergency assistance needs are anticipated to be atypically high through 2019/20 lean season