Cholera and malaria outbreak in Mozambique

Cholera and malaria outbreak reported following Cyclone Idai in Mozambique. Photo : Al Jazeera

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – Cholera and malaria outbreak have been reported following Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, African Daily Voice has learnt.

The country’s Beira city was affected by the cyclone, which left over 290 people dead and about 141325 people homeless recently. Neighboring countries Zimbabwe and Malawi were also affected by the cyclone.

Currently, over 65 000 people are in shelters in the central part of the country, while other sites are being opened to accommodate more people.

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Chief, Henrietta Fore, recently told AFP that the outbreak was caused by stagnant water, decomposing bodies, and lack of good hygiene and sanitation.

In a statement, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) confirmed that cholera cases have already been reported in Beira, while there is an increasing number of malaria infections.

“The relief efforts so far are nowhere near the scale and magnitude of the problem, and the humanitarian needs are likely to grow in the coming weeks and months,” said Elhadj As Sy, the IFRC Secretary-General.

Meanwhile, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders, warned that communities were also at risk of respiratory infections like pneumonia.

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