Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in Cabo Delgado, about 100 km (62 miles) north of Pemba at the end of the day on Thursday, local time. Kenneth had 10-minute maximum sustained winds of 200 km/h (124 mph), the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific oceans. Meteo France estimates a life-threatening storm surge of 3-5 meters (10-16 feet) occurred along the coast, just south of landfall. Areas near and just inland of this landfall location are facing destructive winds, flooding rainfall and mudslides. The latter two dangers will persist well after the cyclone moves onshore. source Information is difficult to collect due to the comparatively low Internet penetration rate with only 4.8% of the population having access to the Internet compared to 16% for Africa as a whole.
Significant Updates Aid Response
Below is a summary of aid response
● @UNICEF_Moz is on the ground evaluating the damage and supporting the emergency response. source
● The United Kingdom (UK) is working with partners such as @WFP_Mozambique to provide food and support to people in the affected areas.
● World Food Program @WFP_Africa on the road since early this morning in northern assessing damage to livelihoods and visiting shelters.
● Télécoms Sans Frontières @TSF_Intl is responding to Mozambique
● Switzerland redeploys three experts of @SwissHumAidUnit and relief items to support the humanitarian response in the north of the country.
● Voluntary Service Overseas VSO International have been reported safe in responding to Mozambique.
● @JapanGov over the next six months providing a financial contribution of USD 1.35 million for shelter and non-food items (NFI) for cyclone- affected families in Mozambique and related emergency assistance in Zimbabwe.
● Travel advisories are in effect for the Northern region of Mozambique - Exercise precautions, some areas have increased risk.