In Summary
  • The order to close schools and workplaces was issued on Wednesday by Mtwara Regional Commissioner Gelasius Byakanwa.

  • On Wednesday afternoon, the storm was 450km from Mtwara but travelling at dizzying speed towards Tanzania.

  • A cyclone in March hit Mozambique leaving in its wake almost a 1,000 people dead and a devastated infrastructure.

Tanzanians in Mtwara region on Thursday were scrambling to leave with Cyclone Kenneth set to make landfall tonight.

Many of those fleeing their homes are heading to the Mtwara airport and army quarters, areas designated by the Tanzanian government as evacuation centres.

Several were seen travelling in their personal vehicles and motorcycles while others were on foot.

Authorities in the region ordered schools and businesses closed to ensure the residents’ safety after warning of life-threatening effects the deluge storm will bring.

The order to close schools and workplaces was issued on Wednesday by Mtwara Regional Commissioner Gelasius Byakanwa.

Meanwhile, the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) said the storm would make landfall in Tanzania and Mozambique on Thursday night.

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