African Press Association

Over 1 million kids hit in Mozambique cyclones

from ARIMANDO DOMINGOS in Maputo, Mozambique
MAPUTO – AN additional 368 000 children are at risk and potentially in need of lifesaving humanitarian support after a second major storm hit Mozambique in less than six weeks.

A Mozambican man saves children from floods. Photo by Reuters

The devastation by Cyclone Kenneth brings the total number of children in need of humanitarian assistance to nearly 1,4 million, after the deadly impact of Cyclone Idai.

Kenneth made landfall last Thursday in the Cabo Delgado province of northern Mozambique.

The cyclone destroyed up to 90 percent of homes in some villages.

Cabo Delgado had no history of cyclones, prior to Kenneth.

“We are deeply worried that communities in the area would not have been prepared for the scale of the storm, putting children and families in a very precarious position,” said Michel Le Pechoux, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) deputy representative in Mozambique.

Assessments are underway and the scale of the disaster will become clear over the coming days.

Authorities estimate that over 700 000 people have been affected by Cyclone Kenneth. The government also stated it had managed to evacuate about 30 000 people in the past few days.

This is the first time in recorded history that two strong tropical cyclones have hit the disaster-prone southern African country in the same season.

Idai made landfall on March 14, leaving an estimated 1 000 people dead and some 1,85 million others in need.

– CAJ News