United Nations gives Mozambique $13m for Cyclone Kenneth damage

Community members look at rubble and other items washed close to their doorstep when Cyclone Kenneth struck in Pemba city on the northeastern coast of Mozambique Saturday April 27 2019

Community members look at rubble and other items washed close to their doorstep when Cyclone Kenneth struck in Pemba city on the northeastern coast of Mozambique Saturday April 27 2019

The European Union has pledged €1.5 million to assist Mozambique and the Comoros' response to the effects of Cyclone Kenneth that has caused widespread destruction in the two countries since last week.

Kenneth is the second cyclone to hit the impoverished southern African country in six weeks.

Floods have followed Cyclone Kenneth, cutting off some communities with thousands at risk of displacement.

Pemba is thought to be home to about 400,000 people, and the heavy rains have placed many in danger.

'The rain has stopped, at least for now.

Video footage showed a line of cars forming on the main road out of the coastal city.

Kevin Record, a hotel owner on the hard-hit island of Ibo, said the region was still without power and 'waiting for the cavalry to arrive'.

As much as 250mm, or about one-quarter of the average annual rainfall for the region, has been forecast over the next few days.

Others stacked sandbags outside or waded through waist-high floods in the torrential rain.

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Four people died in the Comoros, the United Nations said.

Rescue workers evacuated at least 130 people to centres elsewhere in Pemba on Sunday, mostly by boat, said Salviano Abreu, spokesman for the UN's humanitarian arm.

'We have grave fears for the thousands of families now taking shelter under the wreckage of their homes.

Finney said that the NGO tried to reach some of the hard-hit areas Sunday but were forced to turn back 'because rivers had burst their banks and the roads were under water'.

Flights and helicopters were now grounded, making access "virtually impossible", said Nicholas Finney from Save the Children.

The United Nations said it had released $13 million in emergency funds for Mozambique and the Comoros to provide food and water and fix infrastructure.

"This new allocation of Central Emergency Response Fund funds will help humanitarian partners to scale up the response to address the needs of those most vulnerable in the aftermath of Cyclone Kenneth", said UN Humanitarian Chief Mark Lowcock in a statement.

The cyclone has damaged or destroyed 3,000 homes while about 18,000 people were housed in emergency shelters.

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