In early March 2019, central and northern Mozambique experienced heavier than normal seasonal rains, leading to flooding and displacement of thousands of families. Then tropical cyclone Idai made landfall in Beira on 14 March, exacerbating an already serious situation and resulting in days of torrential rainfall, burst riverbanks, and subsequent flooding. Idai wreaked massive destruction, jeopardizing the lives and livelihoods of more than 1.7 million people along its path in Mozambique alone.
Cyclone Idai affected communities across Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Madagascar. In Mozambique, the Cyclone forced a national state of damage, including severe devastation struck upon homes, businesses and livelihood for hundreds of thousands of families. 100,000 homes have either been destroyed completely, partially destroyed or have been flooded. Farmers have lost thousands of hectares of cultivated farmland, although business are beginning to re-open the prices of commodities have increased dramatically.
The damage of infrastructure, flood waters and the environment increases the chances of water contamination. This has exacerbated the risk of the spread of water-borne diseases such as cholera. As of 5th April, 2094 cases of cholera have been recorded including two deaths, according to the Ministry of Health. In response to the cholera outbreak, 7 cholera treatment centres have opened across affected areas.
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