Mozambique cyclone Idai, which struck on 15 March 2019, survivors face a “ticking bomb” of disease associated with the clean water scarcity. Cyclone Idai smashed into Mozambique’s coast with hurricane-force wind and rain that flooded the poor country before also affecting eastern Zimbabwe – killing 706 people across the two nations. The health situation is worsening by day. As logistical conditions improve and roads to affected communities have been reconnected the full scale of the humanitarian crisis has been revealed for the first time.

More than two million people have been affected in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi since the storm started as a tropical depression causing flooding.

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Head of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Elhadj As Sy, who had just returned from the region, warned of a “high risk of water-borne diseases” like cholera and typhus – as well as malaria.

The United Nations has warned that stagnant water in many areas, decomposing bodies and the lack of sanitation in overcrowded shelters in Mozambique could create breeding grounds for such diseases.

The government has already identified some suspected but unconfirmed cases of cholera, Sy said. “That is the reason why I am raising the alarm. Many of these water-borne diseases are a great risk, but they are preventable,” he added.

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