Houses Collapse, People Stranded as Floodwaters Rise in Cyclone-Hit Mozambique

A young boy walks past a fishing boat that was destroyed when Cyclone Kenneth struck in Pemba city on the northeastern coast of Mozambique Saturday April 27 2019

Houses Collapse, People Stranded as Floodwaters Rise in Cyclone-Hit Mozambique

But rescuers said there were fears for the safety thousands of families cut off after rivers burst their banks outside the city.

'Flights and helicopters have also been grounded and this means humanitarian access is virtually impossible. A section of the route was under water. Mozambique's National Institute of Disaster Management said its death toll stood at 38 on Monday - up from an earlier estimate of five - and just over 168,000 people had been affected.

This handout picture released and taken on 26 April 2019 by the World Food Programme shows the battered coast of Wimbi Beach in Pemba as Cyclone Kenneth hit the north coast of Mozambique in Cabo Delgado province, barely a month after a super-storm slammed into the country's centre, leaving hundreds dead and causing devastation.

Rain-soaked Mozambique is bracing for still more rain from Cyclone Kenneth.

According to Timme, its been a challenge to raise funds for Cyclone Idai that hit Mozambique nearly two months ago and now they have to source more for Cyclone Kenneth.

"It's an very bad sense of deja vu", Save the Children's Finney said.

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

Mozambique's government has urged many people to immediately seek higher ground.

Landslides are a growing worry in the city's Mahate neighbourhood, regional Ocha authorities said, while in the Natite neighbourhood houses have started to collapse. It was the first time in recorded history that two cyclones had targeted Mozambique in a single season.

"They look like they have been run over with a bulldozer", she added.

Mozambique is being struck once again by a cyclone after the impact of Idai on 14 March, which killed at least 603 people. Only a few structures and the occasional coconut tree were left standing.

Cyclone Kenneth hit Mozambique this week, destroying everything in its path accompanied by winds of up to 160km per hour.

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