Mozambique Cyclone Kenneth

Humanity Road activated on Thursday April 25, 2019 to monitor the impacts of cyclone Kenneth on Mozambique. This situation report number 1 provides early indications based on social media.

Kenneth made landfall on Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado on Thursday evening, with wind speeds equivalent to a category four hurricane. Communications with the affected areas were disrupted, obscuring the full extent of the damage. There is no previous record of hurricane-force systems ever hitting the region so far north before. source

Download PDF version of Situation Report 1

  • Moz Cyclone Kenneth Sitrep 1.pdf

Situation Overview

Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in Cabo Delgado, about 100 km (62 miles) north of Pemba at the end of the day on Thursday, local time. Kenneth had 10-minute maximum sustained winds of 200 km/h (124 mph), the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific oceans. Meteo France estimates a life-threatening storm surge of 3-5 meters (10-16 feet) occurred along the coast, just south of landfall. Areas near and just inland of this landfall location are facing destructive winds, flooding rainfall and mudslides. The latter two dangers will persist well after the cyclone moves onshore. source Information is difficult to collect due to the comparatively low Internet penetration rate with only 4.8% of the population having access to the Internet compared to 16% for Africa as a whole.

Significant Updates Aid Response

Below is a summary of aid response

  • @UNICEF_Moz is on the ground evaluating the damage and supporting the emergency response. source
  • The United Kingdom (UK) is working with partners such as @WFP_Mozambique to provide food and support to people in the affected areas. source
  • World Food Program @WFP_Africa on the road since early this morning in northern assessing damage to livelihoods and visiting shelters. source
  • Télécoms Sans Frontières @TSF_Intl is responding to Mozambique source
  • Switzerland redeploys three experts of @SwissHumAidUnit and relief items to support the humanitarian response in the north of the country. source
  • Voluntary Service Overseas VSO International have been reported safe in responding to Mozambique. source
  • @JapanGov over the next six months providing a financial contribution of USD 1.35 million for shelter and non-food items (NFI) for cyclone- affected families in Mozambique and related emergency assistance in Zimbabwe. source
  • Travel advisories are in effect for the Northern region of Mozambique – Exercise precautions, some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory here USA Advisory UK Advisory

Significant Updates – Regional Summary Cabo Delgado

General Summary: A CARE assessment team is currently assessing impacts of Cyclone Kenneth. Initial gov reports indicate that majority of houses on Ibo Island were destroyed. Report of limited damage from other sites. River levels remain below alert level source . The primary languages are Makhuwa, Makonde, & Mwani via @TranslatorsWB source One person is dead and Mozambique’s National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) said 30,000 people had been evacuated from affected areas, and reports from northern Mozambique said many homes had collapsed and the provincial capital of Pemba had lost its power supply. source

Ibo Island – Population approximately 3,000 (location -12.34063, 40.58728)

  • About 90 percent of homes, which were mostly made of mud, may have been destroyed in the main village on Ibo Island near where Kenneth made landfall. source.
  • Tourist infrastructure on Ibo has been extensively damaged. Heavy rains and flooding will continue for days to come. Via MozGuide on Facebook Source.
  • The cyclone cut off electricity and toppled a tower that severed mobile phone communications for most of the island’s roughly 7,000 residents. source.

Lucete – Population Unknown (Location -11.58888, 40.42499)

  • No reports on status post landfall

Macomia – District Population 91,033 (Location -12.2383773,40.1224795)

  • The International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) initial reports indication communications are down with Macomia source,

Matemo Island – Population unknown (Location -12.22, 40.59)

  • Cyclone Kenneth made landfall between Matemo and Tambuzi islands near Mucojo source

Mucojo – Estimated Population 22,000 (Location -12.0703775,40.4738688)

  • Mucojo was in the direct path of the cyclone at landfall. There is no information appearing in social media or mainstream media on the post-landfall situation.

Muidumbe – District Population 72,840 (Location -11.774899,39.8927669)

  • No reports on status post-landfall.
  • The International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) initial reports indication communications are down with Muidumbe source,

Narere – District Population approximately 1,957 (Location -18.6697 Longitude: 35.5273)

  • No reports on status post-landfall.

Pangane – Population Unknown (Location -11.99861, 40.53805)

  • No reports on status post-landfall
  • Tropical Cyclone Kenneth core is landfalling at Ingoane and Pangane in Mozambique, with sustained winds 105 to 130 knots. source

Pangula – Population Unknown (Location -12.38226, 40.26417)

  • No reports on status post-landfall

Palma – Population 52,269 (Location -10.783333, 40.483333)

  • Four ships sank off Palma town, with no reported deaths source

Pemba – Port City – Population 201,846 (Location -12.966667, 40.55) Capital of Cabo Delgado

  • Significant power outages plagued the coastal city of Pemba, where winds gusted to 70 km/h (44 mph) before weather-recording instruments stopped reporting. source
  • Pemba City, which is the capital of Cabo Delgado Province and the regional tourism hub, has NOT been severely affected and flights to and from Pemba are expected to resume soon. Source

Quissanga – District Population 40,486 (Location -12.4450632,40.4521614)

  • The International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) initial reports from Quissanga indicate extensive damage to houses. source,
  • There are also reports of homes destroyed in Quissanga. source

Quirimba Island – Population (Location -12.42638, 40.60694)

  • No reports on status post-landfall

National Links


Local Government

National Weather Service (INAM)

  • Website

Ministry of Health

National Institute for Disaster Management

  • Website


Mozambique Red Cross

  • Address: Avenida Agostinho Neto, 284 Maputo, Caixa Postal 2986 Maputo
  • Contact Information: Tel: (258) 82 3012251/2 Fax: (258) (21) 497 725
  • Telex: 6-169 CV MO Email:
  • Website:
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Humanity Road


Copernicus Emergency Rapid Mapping


Restoring Family Links

  • Website:

Emergency Numbers

Mozambique Emergency Numbers

Police – 112, 119 or + 258 21 325031

Fire Services – 198 or +258 21 322222 source

Shelters and Evacuation Centers

Shelter Cluster

Logistics Cluster



25 APR


UNICEF leads the UN Cluster for Education

Health and Hospitals

  • Map of local hospitals Map

Provincial De Cabo Delgado

2FMW+X5 Pemba, Mozambique

Pemba, Cabo Delgado

+258 827 221 702

Hospital de Mocimboa

M925+59 Mocimboa da Praia

Mocimboa, Cabo Delgado


Distrital de Chiure

Chiure, Cabo Delgado

+258 27 244 080

Nangade Sede

Nangade, Cabo Delgado

+258 87 262 9550

Special Needs Population

26 Apr

  • @SavetheChildren: Is on the ground providing urgent health care to children. source.
  • Johanniter Worldwide: Treated around 1000 patients over the past 20 days in Mozambique. This emergency medical team has been deployed there through #EUCivPro, helping provide health care to people in cyclone-affected areas. source.
  • UNICEF Deutschland: A team of emergency relief experts from UNICEF is on-site to get an idea of ​​the situation of children and families as well as the damage. source
  • @UNICEF_Moz Are now in Macomia district assessing the damages. source
  • Plan Deutschland: Plan experts are on their way to Nampula to identify the need for humanitarian aid and to organize support for affected children and communities. source
  • Care Deutschland: Assessment team currently in Cabo Delgado to assess the impact. source


25 Apr

Lists of Airports

Roads, Rails, and Bridges

Modes of transport in Mozambique include rail, road, water, and air. There are rail links serving principal cities and connecting the country with Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa. There are over 30,000 km of roads, but much of the network is unpaved.

25 Apr

  • TBD

Maritime / Shipping / Ports

Port of Nacala

Port of Beira Website

Port of Maputo Website

Grindrod Limited Logistics Website

25 APR

  • TBD


Telecommunication de Mozambique (TDM) Facebook

Televisão de Moçambique

Mozambique has a comparatively low Internet penetration rate with only 4.8% of the population having access to the Internet compared to 16% for Africa as a whole

26 APR

  • Over a thousand homes have been destroyed on Ibo island with serious damage to infrastructure, electrical power installations and currently there is no communication with the island except by satellite phone. There has been no loss of life on the islands reported so far, but the humanitarian impact is severe and very real.
  • Mozambique- Wazir a local journalist said the electricity supply in the city was down and strong winds were gusting since this afternoon source

Maps and Reports

  • Map of areas of Interest for Humanity Road Situation Report Map
  • Google Crisis Map
  • Translators Without Borders Language Map
  • Map of most affected areas (See Appendix) Map
  • Map of local hospitals Map

Power and Fuel

Electricidade De Mocambique website


25 APR

  • Destruction of 54 electricity poles source.

Water Systems


Pictures and Videos

26 APR

  • Many homes destroyed and fallen trees restricting road access. source
  • Video of city of Pemba and damage video
  • United Nations Children’s Agency (UNICEF) damaged building source

Social Media

Hashtags – #CycloneKennethi #Mozambique #Moçambique #KennethCyclone #Zyklons #Mosambik #CicloneKenneth


Area most affected by Cyclone Kenneth, courtesy of

Snapshot Language Map from Translators without Borders 26 Apr 2019