Cyclone Kenneth barrelled on Mozambique late on Thursday with violent winds of up to 220km/h (140mph), flattening thousands of homes and flooding low-lying areas.
kenneth has now been downgraded as winds weakened but torrential rains are expected to last for several days.
One death was reported in Mozambique after a person was crushed by a falling tree.
By Friday, the winds had weakened, but France’s meteorological agency said 600-800mm of rain was forecasted to fall across the country in the coming days.
Mozambique’s National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) said 30,000 people had been moved away from affected regions, particularly Pemba and Cabo Delgado.
Cyclone Kenneth hit Mozambique as the country is still reeling from the effects of Cyclone Idai which lashed on port Beira, leaving the city inundated and killing to 1 000 people across 3 countries.
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More: BBC News