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Tropical Cyclone Kenneth: More than 30,000 people evacuated from high-risk areas in Mozambique



Kenneth made landfall between the districts of Macomia and Mocimboa da Praia in the far north Cabo Delgado Province on Thursday evening.

UNICEF Mozambique's Daniel Timme said the agency has begun putting aid in place ahead of the cyclone from Beira and Maputo

Thursday, it had maximum sustained winds of 220 kph (140 mph) – the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane. to the north of Mozambique.

In the provincial capital and economic hub of Pemba, one of the areas struck by the storm, residents told CNN they are still providing humanitarian assistance to around 1 million children in Central Mozambique from Cyclone Idai.

"The rain has stopped for now," the homeowner Innocent Mushunje said

"Most of the damage has come from fallen trees, but it has not been severe in Pemba. I'm more worried about the low-lying villages where the structures are more precarious. "

Andre Luis, manager of the popular Pemba tourist spot of the Nautilus Hotel, told CNN there was minimal damage to their beachfront restaurant.

"The strongest wind and rain came around 1 am The power has been out since 11 pm At the moment there is no rain and the wind is dying down for now.

Luis lives on the outskirts of Pemba and said there was no damage to his house, but in his area, fallen trees have caused some damage to the fencing

Another hotel manager , Vitaliano Hivala of Raphael's, said many people came before the storm to seek shelter. "There was heavy wind and rain overnight, but not nearly as bad as I expected, and there is no damage that I can see," Hivala told CNN

Winds from the storm are weakening fast, but Kenneth is expected to bring torrential rainfall and significant floods in the coming days. More than 20 inches of rain is projected over the next three days – roughly four times the average monthly rainfall for the region.

Kenneth is the strongest tropical cyclone to hit the South African nation in history, but its impact is not expected to be as devastating as that of Idai, which came with heavy rains for days before and after making landfall on March 15, with winds near 175 kph (109 mph)

Northern Mozambique is not as populated as Beira, the city Most affected by Idai, and the region struck by Kenneth has not had intense rainfall in recent days, which hopefully will mitigate the impact of flooding compared to Idai

Kenneth was

also expected to hit the coastal areas of Dar es Salaam, the port city of Tanga and Pemba Island in Tanzania, according to the country's meteorological agency on Wednesday

Authorities told residents in its mountainous regions and Lake Victoria B asin to move to higher ground or stay indoors as heavy rainfall poured into the areas on Thursday. Schools were also closed as a precaution


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