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‘Cyclone Kenneth not immediate threat’

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By Jameson Chauluka:

Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services Director, Jolam Nkhokwe, has said Malawi is not under immediate danger of the looming Tropical Cyclone Kenneth.

Nkhokwe commented on the cyclone through a statement which he released on Tuesday.

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The statement says, by yesterday, the cyclone was expected to be located 1,108 kilometres east of Nkhata-Bay but by today the cyclone would be 794 kilometres off Nkhata Bay.

“As of now, at its current position, Tropical Cyclone Kenneth does not have direct effect on the weather over Malawi,” the statement reads in part.

“However, as the cyclone approaches Malawi, it may enhance rainfall activities over the country particularly along the lakeshore areas.”

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The department says it will continue monitoring the movement of the cyclone.

Heavy rains, which caused landslides in Rumphi, claimed three lives, five are missing, many have been injured and property has been damaged.

Last month, heavy downpour and floods killed 60 people, injured 574 and affected over 800,000 people.

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