Sat. Apr 20th, 2019

Cyclone Idai leaves more than a thousand dead in three African countries

Cyclone Idai leaves more than a thousand dead in three African countries



Cyclone Idai, which devastated part of South East Africa in March, already leaves more than a thousand dead in the three affected countries, Malawi (59), Zimbabwe (344) and Mozambique (602), in addition to five deaths from cholera in the latter , according to the latest government figures.

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The National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) in Mozambique counted four new fatalities this Saturday, in addition to the 598 already reported in the central provinces of Sofala, Manica, Tete and Zambézia, where strong winds and rains flooded a surface of hundreds of thousands of kilometers.

The official balance of the INGC does not include 5 deaths from cholera confirmed this Friday by the health authorities, a disease that has already affected more than 2,400 people in Mozambique - most of whom are already on medical leave - mainly in the city of Beira and the surrounding districts of Dondo, Buzi and Nhamatanda.

In neighboring Zimbabwe, the death toll stands at 344, according to data from the Ministry of Information on April 5, while the number of missing persons is 257, mostly in Chimanimani (238), a mountainous district in which the cyclone caused landslides that buried hundreds of homes and people.

In Malawi, at least 59 people lost their lives when typhoon Idai hit in the form of heavy storms, then moved to these bordering nations with winds of more than 170 kilometers per hour.

On April 3, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), together with the Mozambican Government, began an inoculation campaign after the arrival of some 900,000 doses of cholera vaccines .

In Mozambique alone, around 1.85 million people affected by this tragedy depend on food, water and shelter provided by humanitarian organizations; among them one million children, according to UN figures.

While in Zimbabwe, at least 270,000 people have been affected by this catastrophe, which prompted the United Nations Friday to call for an additional 60 million dollars to provide them with emergency aid.

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