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5 dead, flooding feared after cyclone

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A man finds his way around a destroyed docking bay on the coast of Pemba city in the northeastern coast of Mozambique, Saturday, April 27.
Children play outside a school that had its roof destroyed in Pemba city on the northeastern coast of Mozambique, Saturday, April, 27, 2019. Cyclone Kenneth arrived late Thursday, just six weeks after Cyclone Idai ripped into central Mozambique and killed more than 600 people.At least four deaths have been reported in the city and another in hard hit Macomia district, while residents on Ibo Island say two people have died there.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A classroom that had its roof destroyed is seen empty in Pemba city on the northeastern coast of Mozambique Saturday, April, 27, 2019. Cyclone Kenneth arrived late Thursday, just six weeks after Cyclone Idai ripped into central Mozambique and killed more than 600 people.At least four deaths have been reported in the city and another in hard hit Macomia district, while residents on Ibo Island say two people have died there.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Women walk past a school that had its roof destroyed in Pemba city on the northeastern coast of Mozambique, Saturday, April, 27, 2019. Cyclone Kenneth arrived late Thursday, just six weeks after Cyclone Idai ripped into central Mozambique and killed more than 600 people.At least four deaths have been reported in the city and another in hard hit Macomia district, while residents on Ibo Island say two people have died there.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A man finds his way around a destroyed docking bay on the coast of Pemba city in the northeastern coast of Mozambique, Saturday, April, 27, 2019. Cyclone Kenneth arrived late Thursday, just six weeks after Cyclone Idai ripped into central Mozambique and killed more than 600 people.At least four deaths have been reported in the city and another in hard hit Macomia district, while residents on Ibo Island say two people have died there.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
In this photograph released by the Mozambique Red Cross, people inspect road damage in Nampula, Mozambique, Friday, April 26, 2019, after Cyclone Kenneth struck. Heavy rains lashed northern Mozambique on Saturday in the wake of Cyclone Kenneth as aid groups warned of possible flooding and mudslides in the days ahead. (Mozambique Red Cross via AP)
In this photograph released by the Mozambique Red Cross, people inspect road damage in Nampula, Mozambique, Friday, April 26, 2019, after Cyclone Kenneth struck. Heavy rains lashed northern Mozambique on Saturday in the wake of Cyclone Kenneth as aid groups warned of possible flooding and mudslides in the days ahead. (Mozambique Red Cross via AP)
In this photo provided by United Nations Children's Agency (UNICEF), damaged buildings are seen after Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in Pemba, Mozambique, Friday, April 27, 2019. The second powerful cyclone to strike Mozambique in just six weeks ripped off roofs and killed at least three people on Friday as the United Nations warned of "massive flooding" ahead. (Neidi de Car valho/UNICEF via AP)
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PEMBA, Mozambique (AP):

Mozambique’s government urged many people to immediately seek higher ground on Saturday in the wake of Cyclone Kenneth, fearing flooding and mudslides in the days ahead as heavy rain lashed the region.

At least five people were killed, the government said. Mozambique’s disaster-management agency said that one person had died in Pemba city and another in hard-hit Macomia district, while residents on Ibo island said two people died there. Details on the fifth death were not immediately available.

Nearly 3,500 homes in parts of the country’s northernmost Cabo Delgado province were partially or fully destroyed, with electricity cut, some roads blocked and at least one key bridge collapsed. Some schools and health centres were damaged. Nearly 700,000 people could be at risk, many left exposed and hungry as waters rise.

“There’s a very intense strip of destruction where the wind first made impact in coastal districts,” Nicholas Finney, response team leader with the aid group Save the Children, told The Associated Press after visiting Macomia district. The team found people in shock in a region where a cyclone had never been recorded in the modern age.