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
Nick Finney, Save the Children's Response Team Leader in Mozambique, said: "Our assessment team came back from Matemo Island yesterday and painted a grim picture. They say the island has been destroyed. The hospital, the mosque and the bank are the only buildings left standing.
Residents are in shock. When the cyclone hit, they had to crawl on the ground because if they stood up, they would be blown away.
• Four days after Tropical Cyclone Kenneth made landfall, northern Mozambique continues to experience heavy rains, increasing needs and impacting aid operations.
• More than 234,500 people have been affected by the impact of Cyclone Kenneth in the Comoros (45,000) and Mozambique (189,561 people), as of 30 April, according to the respective Governments.
Tropical Cyclone Kenneth made landfall on the evening of 25 April 2019, about 100km North of Pemba city, Cabo Delgado province. It is estimated that 740,000 people have been exposed to winds of around 220km/h, and preliminary government estimates indicate that 163,000 people were directly affected. At least 5 deaths have been reported, and some 23,700 people have been displaced to transit and evacuation centres in Pemba, Quissanga, Mocimboa da Praia, and Metuge. Electricity and communications are down in some of the most affected areas.
ETC Mozambique SitReps are distributed every six days. The next report will be issued on or around 06/05/19.
To date, 1,708 humanitarians are registered to access Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) Internet connectivity to enable them to do their work.
The ETC continues to provide connectivity in the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and 16x additional sites in Beira, as well as in Buzi and Nhamatanda to support the increasing humanitarian response.
Cyclone Kenneth worsens the humanitarian situation after cyclone Idai in Mozambique. Welthungerhilfe provides 100,000 Euros for immediate assistance.
PEMBA, Mozambique – Brazilian military firefighters, in coordination with the Government of Mozambique and several UN agencies, 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.
At least nine people have died and almost 200 have been reported injured since April 23, when Kenneth made landfall on Comoros before crossing into Mozambique, according to latest UN situation report.
Key figures (to date)
168,254 people affected in Cabo Delgado and 900 people affected in Nampula (preliminary estimates from INGC)
35,000 houses partially or destroyed - 37,696 people hosted in accommodation centers throughout the province - 9 districts identified in Cabo Delgado and 4 in Nampula as the most impacted - 11,422 affected people assisted
• An estimated 45,000 people have been affected by Cyclone Kenneth, which hit Comoros on 24 April. Initial estimates indicate seven people died, over 200 people were wounded, and 20, 000 people displaced.
• Almost 80 per cent of farms are destroyed, which will have a significant impact as agriculture is the main economic sector of the country. An estimated 63 per cent of crop plants and 35 per cent of cash crops have been destroyed.
Unprecedented: first time in recorded history that two strong tropical cyclones have hit Mozambique in the same season, with Tropical Cyclone Kenneth following on the heels of Tropical Cyclone Idai, which made landfall on 14 March, leaving more than 600 people dead and an estimated 1.85 million people in need, in Mozambique alone.
The death toll and damage in Mozambique and Comoros as a result of Tropical Cyclone KENNETH continues to rise.
According to the National Disaster Management Institute (INGC) of Mozambique, as of 29 April, 38 are dead, 39 injured, 20 720 sheltered in 30 accommodation centres and 168 254 affected. 34 964 buildings are destroyed (2 930 totally and 32 034 partially).
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
The UK is to send tents and shelter kits to Mozambique for immediate distribution, to help provide immediate shelter for up to 33,000 people.
The UK will provide up to £3 million of UK aid to support the victims of Cyclone Kenneth which hit northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania late last week, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt announced (29 April).
Cyclone Kenneth has destroyed thousands of homes and displaced tens of thousands of people, coming just weeks after Cyclone Idai hit southern Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Further flooding is expected.
The needs of stricken communities are becoming evident in northern Mozambique and the Comoros islands in the wake of Cyclone Kenneth, with at least 45,000 homes destroyed and residents in remote rural areas urgently requiring food, water, shelter, and electricity.
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Oxfam and international and local partners are planning to help people in Mozambique hit by a second devastating cyclone in less than six weeks. Oxfam is part of the COSACA consortium with Save the Children and Care now assessing people’s needs and preparing to distribute mosquito nets, food and hygiene kits.
Tropical Cyclone Kenneth made landfall on 25 April, becoming the second Cyclone to hit Mozambique in six weeks.
At least 38 people have died in Mozambique and at least 4 in the Comoros, following the landfall of Tropical Cyclone Kenneth, according to government reports.
The Government of the Comoros has requested international assistance.
The Emergency Relief Coordinator has allocated US$10 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for Mozambique and $3 million for the Comoros.
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
The Secretary-General is deeply saddened at reports of loss of lives and destruction in Mozambique and Comoros as a result of tropical cyclone Kenneth, six weeks after cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. He extends his condolences and solidarity to the families of the victims and to the Governments and peoples of Mozambique and Comoros.
PEMBA (April 29, 2019) — CARE’s emergency responders have scaled efforts to support affected communities with lifesaving assistance in the hard-hit province of Cabo Delgado in Mozambique.
Thousands of families have had their houses and livelihoods destroyed by Cyclone Kenneth induced floods and are in dire need of food and shelter.
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