The passing of hurricane Kenneth on the extreme north of Mozambique on Thursday caused at least one death and caused significant damage, according to a first assessment.
Hurricane Kenneth was less violent than Idai who hit the country further south in March. “It was a Category 3 cyclone, with winds of 160 km / h. The worst cyclone was Idai, which was category 4, “said spokesman of the National Institute of Meteorology of Mozambique, Acacio Tembe.
A person was killed by the fall of a coconut tree in Pemba, the main city in the north and capital of Cabo Delgado province, reported Friday Antonio Beleza of the Mozambican Institute of Emergency Management ( INGC ) . On the island of Ibo, home to some 6,000 people, 90 percent of the homes were destroyed, Beleza said.
In anticipation of the arrival of the cyclone, the inhabitants of this island popular with tourists have notably taken refuge in the fortress of Ibo, with food, according to the Swiss owner of a hotel, Lucie Amr. “I do not expect to find my entire hotel,” she added.
“Palma and Mocimboa da Praia do not report significant damage (…) Quissanga reports homes destroyed, especially those located in high areas. We are without communication with Macomia “, touched by the eye of the storm, said Antonio Beleza.
Two cyclones in a month and a half
Rain is forecast for the next three days in the region. The United Nations fear floods and landslides throughout Cabo Delgado province, on the border with Tanzania and theater since 2017 of an Islamist insurrection that authorities can not control.
This is the second time in a month and a half that Mozambique is hit by a cyclone. In mid-March, Idai drowned Beira (center), the second largest city in the country, and then continued its deadly road to the west and neighboring Zimbabwe.
His passing had left more than a thousand dead and hundreds of thousands homeless in both countries. The area struck by Kenneth is much less populated.
Before reaching the African continent, the cyclone passed Wednesday night off the small archipelago of the Comoros, where he made at least three deaths and extensive damage, according to the authorities.