Three accused of diverting Mozambique aid
A second death from cholera was confirmed by the Mozambican authorities on Tuesday, with the disease affecting 1,428 people mostly in the city of Beira, following Cyclone Idai.
The first cholera death was recorded on Sunday in the city of Beira, in the country’s central region, and the second death was also registered in Sofala province, according to official sources.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced on Tuesday that 900,00 doses of cholera vaccine had arrived in the country, to improve the population’s immunity and to contain the transmission.
WHO is helping Mozambique’s government tackle disease outbreaks and avoid the health system collapse following the deadly Cyclone Idai.
The organisation has warned that more outbreaks are expected due to poor sanitary conditions, a lack of drinking water and overcrowded housing.
Cyclone Idai hit the central part of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe on 14 March, causing catastrophic flooding and killing over 700 people across Southern Africa.
The cyclone damaged Beira’s water and sanitation infrastructure, with the disease spreading rapidly.
The number of deaths caused by the cyclone and the floods that followed has risen to 598.
According to Mozambique’s National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC), the official tally of 1,641 injured is unchanged.
The number of people affected by the Idai cyclone in Mozambique rose to 967,014, corresponding to 195,287 families.Source: Lusa