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Cyclone Kenneth crashed ashore in Mozambique on Thursday night and into Friday, just six weeks after Cyclone Idai devastated the coastal city of Beira.
Initial reports said there were three confirmed dead in Kenneth’s wake, and concerns have arisen about further death and destruction in the next 10 days as floodwaters are expected to rise with heavy rains.
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Noting the rarity of this occurrence, the United Nations said that never before in recorded history have two cyclones made landfall in southern Africa within one season.
Cyclone Kenneth hit Ibo island and the city of Pemba, about 847 miles north of Beira, where Cyclone Idai took the lives of more than 600 Mozambicans six weeks earlier.
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The total damage from Cyclone Kenneth isn’t yet fully known, but there are reports that 90% of the homes on Ibo island have been destroyed. The path of the cyclone was less populated than that of Cyclone Idai, but the loss of life and property is substantial.
The Daily Signal had the opportunity to speak with one Mozambican about how his home city of Beira is recovering from Cyclone Idai. Oliveira Mocuna and his wife and children have lived close to the coast in the city of Beira, the country’s fourth-largest city, for nine years. When the cyclone struck on March 14, the city wasn’t prepared.
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Cyclone Idai, a Category 3 storm, produced winds as high as 120 mph. Mozambique suffered the most catastrophic damage from Idai, but Malawi, Madagascar and Zimbabwe also suffered many deaths and tremendous damage due to flooding and high winds.
It’s estimated that Idai caused $1 billion in infrastructure damage in Africa and took the lives more than 1,000 people. In the wake of Kenneth, that number is likely to climb significantly.
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“Many people are struggling,” Mocuna told The Daily Signal...
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