one and a Half weeks after the devastating cyclone “Idai” in South-East Africa, the fear of outbreak of diseases is increasing in Mozambique.
especially in the flooded areas is expected with the spread of diarrhoeal diseases such as Cholera. This is also because in many places, no clean drinking water is available, such as Mozambique’s Minister for the environment, Celso Correia said. Experts warned that the number of Malaria-could diseases increase rapidly, because mosquitoes can breed in standing water.
On the 15. March had been devastated by the cyclone in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, and with heavy rain vast land cases, strokes under water. Around 700 people came, according to government figures, killed – the real number is likely to be, according to the assessment of aid organisations is significantly higher. The disaster area covers hundreds of kilometres from Mozambique to Zimbabwe and Malawi.
The tropical storm was particularly badly affected port city of Beira, which for the first time in ten days over Land to reach. Until Sunday, the driveway had been blocked off road due to Flooding. The re-opening of the road should make it easier for volunteers, relief goods also bring to the people in the surrounding areas. Many places, however, were cut off more from the outside world. And in the middle of the week heavy rains threaten again. The civil protection said about 50,000 partially destroyed homes and Thousands of square miles of destroyed farmland.
Because large parts of the area were in the province of Sofala under water, was the whole extent of the humanitarian disaster, however, is still not in sight. Around one Million people are affected to a UN estimate directly. “The extent of the crisis is staggering,” said the Secretary-General of the red cross and red Crescent societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy, at the weekend after a visit in Beira.
the Head of The UN children’s Agency, Unicef, Henrietta Fore, had previously urged, it must now be done to prevent “water-transferable diseases from the Disaster to make an even greater catastrophe”. These efforts will support the German Federal Agency for Technical relief (THW), and has flown two plants for the treatment of drinking water to Beira. You should prepare from Tuesday up to 10,000 litres of water per hour. The THW is a Federal Agency with 80,000 mostly volunteer helpers.