Flood-hit Kenya,Tanzania buffeted by Tropical Cyclone Hidaya

Beaches were deserted and many shops closed on Saturday as heavy rains and winds from a tropical cyclone buffeted coastal areas of Tanzania and Kenya.

Both countries have gone on alert for Tropical Cyclone Hidaya, after weeks of torrential rains and floods that have wreaked havoc in many parts of East Africa and claimed more than 400 lives.

But there were no reports of casualties or damage as of Saturday afternoon as the cyclone rolled in from the Indian Ocean and made landfall in Tanzania.

"It's so strange today to see only few people at the beach. We are used to seeing crowds, especially during the weekend," said Yusuf Hassan, a resident of Tanzania's main city Dar es Salaam.

"But I am sure people are afraid of the cyclone."

Watch moreFlood-hit Kenya, Tanzania brace for Cyclone Hidaya

Interior Minister Kithure Kindiki announced a ban on all beach activities, swimming and fishing.

'Maximum precautions'

"Sadly, we have not seen the last of this perilous period."

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