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Heavy Rains Threaten Floods in Cyclone-hit Mozambique

Heavy Rains Threaten Floods in Cyclone-hit Mozambique
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By Staff, Agencies

Heavy rains pounded northern Mozambique on Saturday, fueling fears of flooding two days after a cyclone hit the coast, flattened buildings and knocked out communications.

Aid agencies said they were still struggling to reach victims and work out the extent of the devastation in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.

Cyclone Kenneth - packing storm surges and winds of up to 280 km per hour - struck on Thursday night, destroying almost all the homes on the island of Ibo and killing at least one person in the port city of Pemba, Mozambican authorities said.

Kenneth hit a country still struggling with the aftermath of Cyclone Idai which hit further south along the coast in March, flooded huge areas of territory and killed more than 1,000 people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Kenneth is forecast to bring twice as much rain in Mozambique’s north, prone to flooding and landslides, over the coming days, the UN World Food Program warned.

The government and aid agencies said 30,000 people had been moved to safety and a total of almost 700,000 were at risk.

CARE said the government had set up 20 evacuation centers in Pemba, but planes were needed as many of the affected areas were not accessible by road.