Thousands Evacuated as Strongest Storm in Mozambique’s History Makes Landfall

Thousands of people have been evacuated as tropical cyclone Kenneth hits northern Mozambique. Kenneth is the strongest tropical cyclone to hit Mozambique in known history. The storm hit the northern region of the country on Thursday. The UN estimates around 750,000 people are in danger in the path of the storm.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 140 mph, the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane. The southeastern region of the country is still recovering from Cyclone Idai, that killed more than 1,000 people last month.

In northern Mozambique, several rivers come together and flow into the Mozambique Channel, making it particularly vulnerable to flooding.



Image: “Tropical Cyclones Lorna and Kenneth” by EUMETSAT / Copyright: 2019 EUMETSAT