Disease fears creating crisis in aftermath of Cyclone Idai

Fears of diseases creating another crisis as clean-up operations after the devastation of Cyclone Idai continue in the affected countries.

There are growing concerns about waterborne disease in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. The heavy flooding has caused extensive damage to water supplies and sanitation infrastructure.

BEIRA – Humanitarian agencies have raised alerts over the spread of diseases such as cholera and malaria in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

An increasing number of cholera cases have been reported.

Stagnant water and decomposing bodies are highlighted as the cause in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai.

In Mozambique, the death toll has risen to 446, with 259 in Zimbabwe and at least 56 in Malawi.

Nearly 110,000 people are now in camps.

James Kambaki from Doctors without Borders says the teams are distributing hygiene packets, water chlorination tablets, and trying to control the possible spread of disease.

Authorities are working tirelessly to restore electricity and water supply.

eNCA’s Dasen Thathiah joins us from Durban to give us a wrap of the rescue operation in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Source
eNCA

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