The United Nations (UN) has granted the governments of Mozambique and the Comoros Islands $13 million in emergency funds to help provide food and water and repair damage to infrastructure after Cyclone Kenneth slammed into the region.
Cyclone Kenneth crashed into the northern province of the southern African nation on Thursday just as it was recovering from Cyclone Idai which hit further south last month.
Idai, the worst tropical storm to hit the region in decades moved into neighbouring Zimbabwe and Malawi, killing more than 1,000 people.
This is even as weather experts are warning that Kenneth, which has already killed five people since it unleashed heavy rains and flooding could dump twice as much rain on northern Mozambique as Idai did.
Cyclone Kenneth hit the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado late on Thursday, flattening entire villages with winds of up to 280 kph.
According to a statement issued by the organization late on Sunday, the resources would help its humanitarian partners cater for the needs of the most vulnerable people affected by the cyclones.
“This new allocation of Central Emergency Response funds will help humanitarian partners to scale up the response to address the needs of those most vulnerable in the aftermath of Cyclone Kenneth,” UN Humanitarian Chief, Mark Lowcock said in the statement.
Despite receiving a $118.2 million credit facility from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in April, the World Bank estimates that Mozambique and other countries affected by the tropical storm will need another $2 billion to recover.
The country also faces a cholera epidemic after the cyclone wiped out water and sanitation facilities.