The winds weakened after landfall but over the next 10 days the cyclone is expected to dump twice as much rain as Cyclone Idai did last month, according to World Food Program spokesman Herve Verhoosel.
While this region is less sparsely populated than the one hit before, Mozambique’s disaster management agency has said nearly 700,000 people could be at risk from the new cyclone.
Power lines were reported down in some communities of northern Mozambique, and Pemba city had significant power outages, said Katie Wilkes, spokeswoman with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. “It’s been a challenge for us even to have clear lines of communication.”
While damage assessments are still in the very early stages, “we know this is a very vulnerable area, higher in poverty” than the one hit last month by Cyclone Idai, she said.
The storm had earlier hit the Indian Ocean island nation of Comoros. About 1,000 homes were reportedly flooded and key crops were destroyed, Wilkes said.