Medical aid supplies were delivered from Egypt to Comoros as the country has been devastated after being hit by the intense tropical Cyclone Kenneth, the strongest tropical cyclone to hit Mozambique and Tanzania, according to state-news MENA agency.
Egypt’s non-resident ambassador to Comoros, Mohamed Gaber Abul Wafa, represented the Egyptian side during the delivery.
The aid supplies were sent via the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD) to Comoros to help the country.
Abul Wafa said Egypt swiftly presented aid to Comoros in light of the special relations binding both countries. Moreover, Comoros’ Deputy Health Minister thanked Egypt for the help it presented to his country, MENA reported.
The passage of the cyclone left seven dead, 182 injured, and 19,372 displaced. More than 4,480 houses and 96 water tanks were destroyed, as well as 465 classrooms were damaged.
Describing the situation as a “climate-related disaster,” the UN’s emergency relief coordinator, Mark Lowcock, said, “Cyclone Kenneth may require a major new humanitarian operation. At the same time, the ongoing Cyclone Idai response targeting 3 million people in three countries remains critically underfunded.”
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said the cyclone season in the southwest Indian Ocean has been exceptionally intense this year. There have been 15 storms including nine intense cyclones, making it the worst season since the record season of 1993 to 1994.
Mozambique’s 2,400 km Indian Ocean coastline makes it one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to global warming, according to the WMO.