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



Kenneth landed on Thursday evening between the districts of Macomia and Mocimboa da Praia in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.

On Thursday, the wind had a maximum wind speed of 220 km / h – equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane.

UNICEF Mozambique's Daniel Timme said the agency was providing aid before the Hurricane of Beira and Maputo started north of Mozambique.

Timme added that UNICEF is still providing humanitarian assistance to around one million children from the Cyclone Idai in the center of Mozambique.

In the provincial capital and economic center of Pemba, one of the areas affected by the severe weather told the CNN "In the morning, the rain has stopped," said homeowner Innocent Mushunje.

"Mostly the damage was caused by fallen trees, but it was not serious in Pemba, I'm more worried about low-lying villages where the structures are more precarious."

Andre Luis, manager of the popular tourist resort of Pemba Nautilus told CNN that its beach front restaurant is causing minimal damage.

"The strongest wind and rain came around 1 am The electricity has been out of operation since 11 pm Currently it is not raining and the wind is slowing down, at the moment we are not worried, that is not the case bad, as we expected, "he said.

Luis lives on the outskirts of Pemba and said that his house did no damage, but in his environment fallen trees caused some damage to the fencing.

Another hotel manager, Vitaliano Hivala, from Raffael said many people had arrived 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 I can see," Hivala told CNN.

The winds of the storm are rapidly weakening, but Kenneth expects heavy rain and heavy flooding in the coming days. In the next three days, more than 20 inches of rain will be projected – about four times the average monthly rainfall in the area.

Kenneth is the strongest tropical cyclone that has hit the South African nation in known history, however. It is not expected to be as devastating as that of Idai, which fierce for days before and after the landfall on March 15th Rainfall with winds near 175 km / h (109 mph) came.

Northern Mozambique is not as populated as the city of Beira Most affected by Idai, and the Kenneth-affected region has not had heavy rains in recent days, which will hopefully mitigate the effects of flooding compared to Idai.

Minimal impact in Tanzania

Kenneth According to the weather authority of this country on Wednesday, the coastal areas of Dar es Salaam, the port city of Tanga and the island of Pemba in Tanzania should also be affected.

The authorities told the inhabitants of their mountainous regions and Lake Victoria B It rained heavily on Thursday to move to higher areas or stay indoors. Schools were also closed as a precaution.


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