Cyclone Kenneth April 2019

| Cyclone

Comoros, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, United Republic of Tanzania
| Africa

Overview of the situation

This is the first time in recorded history that two strong tropical cyclones have hit Mozambique in the same season, with tropical cyclone Kenneth following on the heels of tropical cyclone Idai, which made landfall on 14 March, leaving more than 1,000 people dead and an estimated 1.85 million people in need in Mozambique alone.

  • Tropical cyclone Kenneth made landfall between the districts of Macomia and Mocimboa da Praia, in Cabo Delgado Province of Mozambique, on the evening of 25 April.

  • Prior to making landfall in Mozambique, the cyclone Kenneth passed through the Comoros, hitting the northern Ngazidja Island and reportedly causing three deaths and extensive damage to houses.

  • Humanitarian organisations have deployed teams in both locations to respond and carry out rapid assessments.

  • In the Comoros, the Direction Générale de la Sécurité Civile (DGSC) leads relief efforts.

Private sector in action

Relief aid in Comoros with Telma

Telma Comoros, a telecommunications company, participates in the distribution of food and non-food items with the first responders in regional relief coordination centres on the three islands of Comoros.

Telma also broadcasts text messages to people in shelters or in affected areas on behalf of the local civil protection. For cash donations, a mobile money application called MVola, is available in the Comoros, Madagascar and to the diaspora elsewhere.

The Madagascar Private Sector Humanitarian Platform - the CBi Member Network in the vicinity - also mobilizes its member companies and other donors to contribute to relief and recovery efforts in the Comoros.