Mozambique Death Toll Jumps to 38 After Cyclone Kenneth

Military firefighters from Minas Gerais, Brazil, suporting a rescueoperation in Pemba's Shibaburi area. Photo courtesy: Unicef Mozambique / Wikus De Wet

The government says the death toll from last week’s Cyclone Kenneth has jumped to 38 as flooding continues.

The new toll was announced Monday as heavy rains continued to hamper efforts to deliver food and shelter to badly hit communities. More rain is forecast in the days ahead.

The cyclone swept through the troubled country on Thursday, destroying buildings, leaving hundreds homeless.

Cyclone Kenneth: what has happened?

Just five weeks after Cyclone Idai, Mozambique was hit with another cyclone on Thursday.
This is the strongest ever cyclone to hit the southern African country with winds measuring at 140mph.
Strong winds have hit the Calbo Delgado province and already killed three people on the island nation of Comoros.
There is a threat of extreme rainfall and more flooding, and some parts of the province have lost their power supply.

Prior to Cyclone Kenneth, Cyclone Idai had already caused widespread destruction in Mozambique along with the neighbbouring Zimbabwe and Malawi. It affected over two million people, including 1.85 million in Mozambique – the worst hit country. More than 1,000 people have lost their lives so far in the three countries and over 400,000 people have been left
without a home and are living in schools and churches. An estimated 4,000 cases of cholera have already been reported especially in Mozambique.
The full scale of the new disaster has yet to become clear as search and rescue operations continue.

Where is the cyclone?

The cyclone hit the nothern province of Cabo Delgado in Mozambique. The landfall is approximately 1,000km/600miles (NNE) of where Cyclone Idai landed. That is twice the distance between London and Edinbugh.