Cyclone Kenneth smashes into Mozambique leaving at least one dead

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A powerful cyclone has smashed into northern Mozambique leaving one person dead, barely a month after a super-storm hit the centre of the country, devastating the area and killing hundreds

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A powerful cyclone has smashed into northern Mozambique leaving one person dead, barely a month after a super-storm hit the centre of the country,Category three Cyclone Kenneth, packing winds of 160 kilometres an hour, struck the north coast's Cabo Delgado province on Friday after swiping the Comoros islands.

The winds had reduced to about 70 kilometres an hour on Friday, according to the local meteorological institute, but heavy rains are forecast over the next 24 hours, raising fears of flooding and mudslides in Cabo Delgado, which borders Tanzania.A satellite image of cyclone Kenneth as it approaches Mozambique.That would be nearly double the amount accumulated in 10 days of rainfall that caused flooding in Beira, which was devastated during Cyclone Idai.

A helicopter is expected to arrive in Cabo Delgado when weather conditions allow as roads are expected to be impassable because of flooding, making food delivery difficult, it added. The Red Cross warned it was"especially concerned" about the storm's impact, as many communities in Mozambique are still recovering from a cyclone that hit on the night of March 14-15.

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