Sat. Jul 20th, 2019

Cyclone Kenneth: Evacuations underway in Tanzania, Mozambique

Cyclone Kenneth Mozambique Tanzania evacuationsCyclone Kenneth, a Category 4 tropical cyclone, is growing rapidly and headed for Mozambique and Tanzania.

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Several warnings have begun circulating on the internet as yet another potentially deadly storm is approaching the Mozambique coast.

The storm threatens to carry torrential rain and winds up to 140km/h to the Mozambique coast, and is expected to make landfall by tonight.

Cyclone Kenneth could become the first hurricane-strength cyclone strike Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado in recorded history.

The cyclone has already caused three deaths in the Comoros as it makes its way to Mozambique. According to AccuWeather’s Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski:

“A flooding disaster can unfold in Cabo Delgado with widespread rainfall totals in excess of 250 mm (10 inches) with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 1,000 mm (40 inches).”

Alerts have shown up on various sites and social media, urging residents of Pemba, Mecufi, Pangane, Mocojo, Lucete, Pangula and all the surrounding areas to be on high alert.

Residents should heed warnings of evacuations; these are already in progress to prevent loss of life.

“This is truly a life-threatening situation as the hardest-hit areas will be put underwater,” Pydynowski warned. “Those needing to be rescued may only be able to be reached by boat or helicopters.”

Kenneth’s path will mostly affect areas that missed out on the destruction caused by Cyclone Idai in March. This will only further burden rescue services and humanitarian efforts in the country, which are already struggling to cope with the fallout from Idai.

While the winds will slow after the cyclone interacts with the land, there will be substantial rainfall that could cause severe flooding and mudslides.

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