Cyclone Kenneth wipes out Mozambique villages

A powerful cyclone has “entirely wiped out” villages in Mozambique, according to a UN official.

Gemma Connell, the head of the regional Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said it looked from the air like areas had been “run over by a bulldozer”.

Cyclone Kenneth struck on Thursday with winds of 220km/h.

It came barely a month after cyclone Idai killed more than 900 people across three countries.

Almost 20,000 people have taken shelter in makeshift displacement centres, including schools and churches. A UN spokesman said a total of five people have now died.