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Madagascar, Mayotte - Tropical Cyclone BELNA update (GDACS, JTWC, UN OCHA, International Red Cross Society, MeteoFrance Mayotte, NOAA-CPC, MeteoMadagascar, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 10 December 2019)

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  • Tropical Cyclone BELNA made landfall over Soalala District (Boeny Region, west of Madagascar) on 9 November with maximum sustained winds up to 140 km/h. On 10 December at 6.00 UTC, its centre was located approximately 30 km north of Antsalova Town (Melaky Region), with maximum sustained winds up to 110 km/h.

  • BELNA will move inland across western and central Madagascar, weakening to a tropical depression on 11 December before dissipating.

  • Schools along the west coast of Madagascar have been closed. Emergency teams from national authorities and international partners have been deployed to Boeny Region and to Mayotte Island, were the passage BELNA brought heavy rain.

  • Heavy rain will continue to affect central-western Madagascar over 10-11 December, while moderate rain is forecast over Mayotte.

  • The European Commission's Copernicus emergency satellite mapping service (EMSR415) was activated on 8 December for Mayotte Island, producing satellite maps for 5 eastern areas.