The UN agency pledged to release $13 million to pay for food, shelter, health, water and sanitation assistance in Mozambique and Comoros.
Save the Children said the damage from the Kenneth is more “catastrophic” than expected and more resources are needed to save lives.
“The humanitarian needs in Mozambique in the wake of Cyclone Kenneth are significant and life-threatening, and we need donors to dig deep now, while we still have time to save lives,” Finney said.
A cyclone survivor told Save the Children’s team in the provincial capital of Pemba, which experienced heavy rainfall and flooding, that she lost a child after her house collapsed, the agency said.
“After the wall fell down, the first thing I did was call the neighbors and they started to remove the wall and they started shoveling the bricks and dirt to find the children,” Tina, 30, said, according to Save the Children.
“When we found the children, we took them to the hospital,” she continued. “Unfortunately, one of my children died. I am very sad because of what happened. My heart is hurting.”
More rain will fall in northern Mozambique over the next four days, worsening flooding in hard-hit areas, forecasters said.