Cyclone Kenneth could be strongest storm to hit Mozambique

Cyclone Kenneth could be strongest storm to hit Mozambique

"We've already evacuated 30,000 people from the areas likely to be hit by the cyclone". Government through the Department of Roads has contacted private companies to carry out permanent reconstruction of affected bridges and roads.

In a report by Storm Report SA, Kenneth is the tenth cyclone to reach that strength for this season, exceeding the "normal" amount of around 2 to 4 in a good season in the Indian Basin.

That volume of rain would be almost double the 10-days accumulated rainfall that caused flooding in Beira during Cyclone Idai.

Cyclone Kenneth is estimated to be one of deadliest cyclones in the coastal towns of Mozambique and Tanzania.

As of 9 a.m. EDT, the eyewall of the powerful storm was skirting the coast of Mozambique near the city of Pemba, home to some 200,000 people.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it was "watching the approaching tropical storm in northeastern Mozambique closely".

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Worldwide energy companies such as Exxon Mobil have been developing huge natural gas fields off the coast of northern Mozambique.

The majority of the Cabo Delgado province is at a major risk of large-scale flooding as a result of torrential rains and the coastal storm surge.

Compulsory evacuations have begun in northern Mozambique where a powerful tropical cyclone is expected to make landfall by early Friday, just six weeks after Cyclone Idai devastated the central part of the country and left hundreds dead.

The Meteorological Services Department has published the below presser on Cyclone Kenneth.

The weatherman has, however, explained that effects of the unsafe cyclone will be felt in Nairobi and other parts of the country. "The cyclone may continue to intensify even further and it is already impacting the Comoros Islands and it's forecast to make landfall in Northern Mozambique on Thursday night", the report read. "As you know, the INGC, INAM and the National Directorate of Water Resources work in an integrated manner", INGC spokesman Paulo Tomás said after the meeting. The cyclone also severely affected Zimbabwe and Malawi. "We are expecting more rain and more damage during this storm".

The latest system is expected to hit further north than Idai, forecaster say.