Mozambique: Cyclone Idai adds cholera to the more than 700 deaths

A cyclone named Idai struck Mozambique on 14th March 2019 killing at least 700 people.

The spillover effect was huge flooding at the countryside that contaminated wells which villages rely on for clean drinking water.

As a consequence, the first cases of cholera were confirmed in Munhuva, one of the poorest areas of the hard-hit port city of Beira.

With a population of over five hundred thousand people, health experts fear that more waterborne diseases could spread as the town still struggles to acquire clean water and good sanitation.

Clean, safe water remains one of the most important needs for those affected by Cyclone Idai.

Existing water sources have been destroyed or contaminated, and access to safe water is critical to help prevent other dangerous waterborne illnesses.

With more than 18 years of disaster response experience and 10 years of working in Malawi, Water Mission is already on the ground and well-situated to respond to the needs of local communities with emergency and long-term safe water solutions.

The coordinator of Médicins Sans Frontieres, Gert Verdonck working with his team in Mozambique says the probability of the situation getting worse is very high.

“The scale of extreme damage will likely lead to a dramatic increase of waterborne diseases, skin infections, respiratory tract infections and malaria in the coming days and weeks.”

Mozambique has put up a health emergency alert to deal with the aftermath of the Cyclone Idai.

After Cyclone Idai, bodies litter Mozambique’s fields, and the true death toll may never be known.

Bruno Ndonwie Funwie

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