Mozambique is bracing for a powerful cyclone to make landfall on Thursday, just one month after another cyclone devastated the country and neighbouring Zimbabwe, leaving more than 1,000 dead.
The UN warned that the latest storm could trigger flash flooding and landslides in Mozambique’s far north and the government closed dozens of schools likely to be in the storm’s path.
National airline, LAM has suspended flights between the capital, Maputo and Pemba on the northeast coast because of Cyclone Kenneth, it said in a statement.
The Red Cross warned it was “especially concerned about its possible impact in Mozambique where communities are still recovering from the devastation of Cyclone Idai”.
Idai was the most powerful storm to hit the region in decades and cut a path of destruction through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe on the night of March 14-15, causing damage of around $2 billion.
Comoros and Tanzania would also be impacted, added the statement issued
by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Africa director, Fatoumata Nafo-Traore.
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