Schools shut amid cyclone fears in Tanzania

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Authorities in southern Tanzania have ordered workers and schoolchildren to remain at home, as the country braces it for Cyclone Kenneth.

Mtwara regional commissioner Gelasius Byakanwa issued the directive after the Tanzania Meteorological Agency warned that winds of up to 200km/h (124mph) and torrential rain could hit the Lindi, Mtwara and Ruvuma regions.

Authorities have urged people who live in mud houses to move to safe areas.

The storm is also forecast to affect Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado province and the island nation of Comoros.

Mozambique is still reeling from the effects of Cyclone Idai that made landfall near the port city of Beira on 14 March.