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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Union of Comoros, Torrential Rains and Flash Flooding

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This message is to inform U.S. citizens that the Government of the Union of Comoros has declared a state of emergency.  Several weeks of torrential rains have caused landslides, flooding, and forced thousands from their homes.  The areas most significantly impacted are on Grande Comore Island the areas of Bambao, and Hambou Mbadjini East, on Anjouan Island, Sima and Domoni, and on Moheli island, Nioumachioi and Hoani.  Over 50,000 Comorans are believed to have been affected by these events.  Infrastructure has been damaged, leaving some parts of the islands inaccessible by road.  There is a significant risk for the spread of cholera and other waterborne diseases. The Embassy has deferred all non-essential travel to the country until the situation improves and urges U.S. citizens to defer travel to the affected areas at this time.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the website of the U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo.  You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warning, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well, or you can download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App for travel information at your fingertips.  If you don't have internet access, current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers from other countries, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  

All U.S. citizens in Comoros are urged to register online at the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  Registering gives U.S. citizens access to updated information on travel and security within Botswana and makes it easier for the Embassy to contact citizens in case of emergency.  Please note the following contact information:

The United States does not have an embassy in Comoros.  U.S. citizens traveling to the Comoros can contact the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar located at:

Lot 27 A Point Liberty

Andranoro-Antehiroka, Antananarivo, Madagascar 

Telephone: [261] (20) 23-480-00 (available 24 hours in case of emergency)

Fax: [261] (20) 23-480-35

Web site is http://www.antananarivo.usembassy.gov/.