Tropical Depression Hellen overview (as of 1 April 2014)

Cyclolne Hellen weakened into a depression and exited the island this morning, 01 April. It is currently located 140 km north of Beselampy. While wind speeds have decreased, continued rains could still bring flooding and landslides, although these are expected to lessen tomorrow. A Blue (post cyclone) Alert remains in place for the regions of Boeny and Melaky.

A boat capsized off the coast of north-west Madagascar yesterday, killing three people with nine still missing. So far preliminary assessments have found that 856 people have been displaced, 3 schools damaged, 4 water points flooded, and at least 2,500 ha of rice fields submerged. Aerial assessments will start today over the isolated districts of Soalala and Mitsinjo.

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