Cyclone Idai

Cyclone Kenneth devastates Mozambique just 6 weeks after Idai

Tropical Cyclone Kenneth seen as it approached landfall on April 25, 2019.
Tropical Cyclone Kenneth seen as it approached landfall on April 25. Image: NASA

The toll from Cyclone Kenneth is beginning to emerge across northern Mozambique, one day after the Category 4 storm struck as an unprecedented event for this region, and one of the strongest cyclones to hit Africa since modern record-keeping began.

Why it matters: Mozambique is already reeling after a deadly hit from Cyclone Idai on March 14. That storm destroyed much of the city of Beira, and flooded such a vast area that it was described as having created a new "inland ocean." The international community still hasn't fully stepped up to respond to that crisis, and the UN is warning that Kenneth may necessitate "a major new humanitarian operation."

Cyclone Idai's death toll exceeds 1,000 in Mozambique, nearby countries

Debris and destroyed buildings which stood in the path of Cyclone Idai can be seen in this aerial photograph over the Praia Nova neighborhood of Beira, Mozambique.
Debris and destroyed buildings from Cyclone Idai, Beira, Mozambique, April 1. Photo: Guillem Sartorio/AFP/Getty Images

The death toll from Cyclone Idai, which struck the coast of Mozambique near the port city of Beira on March 14, has climbed above 1,000, with more than 2 million affected by the storm, Reuters reports.

The big picture: Cyclone Idai was the equivalent of a Category 3 storm when it struck Africa's coast, destroying much of Beira and flooding a vast inland region, turning rivers into an inland sea. In addition to Mozambique, the rains also affected Zimbabwe and Malawi. The World Bank estimates rebuilding may cost more than $2 billion.

Go deeper: Before and after: The destruction left in the wake of Cyclone Idai