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Storm Kenneth kills 3 in Mozambique, more destruction ahead

April 26, 2019 6:07 PM |

Storm KennethMozambique continues to suffer as another storm Kenneth has throttled the region once again. Only five weeks before storm Idai had caused massive damage over the nation. The nation had not forgotten and gotten over after Idai that Kenneth rampaged the nation once again.

Usually, Mozambique sees only one storm in 9 years, and that too a Category 1 storm. Storm Idai was a Cat 4.

Cyclone Kenneth throttled the northern parts of Mozambique with winds of 220 kmph and also claimed three lives in Comoros.

Mozambique is still recovering from Idai, which killed at least 1,000 people across southeastern portion of Africa.

As per the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) over 30,000 people have been evacuated and they had supplies for helping at least 1.5 lakh for around 15 days or so.

Heavy rains have been forecast over the region with at least 600 mm of rainfall which is double the amount as compared to what Idai brought with it.

Kenneth is likely to trigger waves on the shares of Northeast Mozambique as high as five metres.

Waves as high as six metres have been seen in some areas while small houses have also fallen down. This is the first time ever that two cyclones have hit Mozambique in just a season.

Kenneth may hit a region of Mozambique wherein people have not seen such storms. Over 6.5 lakh people are at risk with the possibility of several rivers bursting their banks.

People in coastal parts of Tanzania, have also been asked to evacuate. The last time Mozambique saw a very intense storm was in the year 2000 and was named Leon-Eline. It was the most severe storm and travelled in the Indian Ocean for almost a month, i.e. 29 days and covered 11000 km. It had formed on February 1 and struck on Feb 29. It was the deadliest storm Mozambique has ever seen.

Image Credit: iol.co.za


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