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Mozambique, Comoros - Tropical Cylone KENNETH Update (UN OCHA, INAM, NOAA, media)(ECHO Daily Flash of 02 May 2019)

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After the passage of Tropical Cyclone KENNETH over Comoros and Northern Mozambique on 25 April, the death toll and the damage continue to rise.

As of 2 May at 8.00 UTC, UN OCHA reports seven dead in the Comoros and at least 200 injured. 45 000 people are affected, 20 000 have been displaced and 3 818 houses, 400 schools and six health centres were damaged. The national power grid is damaged and there is a high risk of water-borne diseases.

In Mozambique, 41 fatalities have been reported, and 37 700 houses have been damaged. Several areas of Pemba have been flooded. Ibo district, and in particular Matemo island, has been one of the hardest-hit, with at least 85 per cent of houses destroyed. Road inaccessibility and heavy rain are challenging the humanitarian response.

Moderate to heavy rain, with severe thunderstorms and strong winds are forecast for Cabo Delgado and Nampula (Mozambique) and Comoros.

The European Commission's Copernicus satelite mapping service was activated on 26 April for northern Mozambique (EMSR354) and for Comoros (EMSR355). Sixteen maps have been produced so far for Cabo Delagado Province.