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Mozambique is “ticking bomb” for waterborne diseases, IFRC says

Mozambique is a “ticking bomb” for waterborne diseases such as cholera and typhus as thousands of people have been crowded into makeshift camps after a powerful cyclone hit the country, the head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said.

Cholera cases were reported on Friday (March 22) in the Mozambican city of Beira, adding a risk of deadly illnesses for hundreds of thousands of people who are scrambling for shelter, food and water after the catastrophic flooding in southern Africa.

Elhadj As Sy told reporters that malaria was also a major concern but that aid groups were ready to take action.

Cyclone Idai lashed Mozambique’s port city of Beira with winds of up to 170 kph (105 mph) around midnight on March 14, then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi, flattening buildings and killing at least 657 people across the three countries.

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