After the destructive aftermath of Cyclone Idai last month which killed hundreds of people and left thousands homeless, Mozambique braces for yet another cyclone.
A strengthening tropical cyclone north-west of Madagascar is headed for the coasts of Mozambique and Tanzania, weather authorities and the UN warned on Wednesday.
The Tanzanian Meteorological Agency (TMA) said that Cyclone Kenneth would make landfall overnight packing winds of about 80 kilometres per hour, which were “capable of causing extensive damage.”
Tanzania’s southern regions of Mtwara and Lindi, near the border with Mozambique, were likely to be most affected by the cyclone after it makes landfall, the agency said.
People living up to 500 kilometres from the coast should take precautions, the TMA said. All schools have been ordered to stay closed on Thursday, and that public servants were asked to stay home and prepare for cyclone-related
Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers have been put on alert in Tanzania and Mozambique. And the organisation has alerted communities in northern Mozambique most likely to suffer from flooding and landslides.
Authorities in the island nation of Comoros have closed airports for at least 24 hours as a precautionary measure against the cyclone expected there on Wednesday
Cyclone Kenneth could be the strongest cyclone ever recorded to make landfall in this region, BBC Weather reports.