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Food Security, Disease Prevention Remain Concerns In Southeastern African Nations 1 Month After Cyclone Idai

New Humanitarian: Stolen by the storm: farms and food for Mozambique
“…Government figures estimate that some 715,000 hectares of crops were flooded or destroyed in all of Mozambique. More than 75,000 people in the Sofala province and Manica will soon receive agricultural kits containing mature seeds and equipment. Farmers in these two provinces alone produce approximately 25 percent of the national cereal output. While more than 4,000 cases of cholera and seven deaths have been reported from the disease, health officials are also concerned about a rise in malaria due to the standing water…” (De Vleeschauwer, 4/12).

Reuters: Cyclone Idai’s death toll over 1,000, hundreds of thousands displaced
“…More than 1,000 people have been reported killed by the storm, the flooding it caused, and heavy rains before it hit. The World Bank estimates the affected countries will need over $2 billion to recover. Following is an outline of the disaster, according to government and U.N. officials…” (Rumney, 4/15).

U.N. News: Cholera surges, children in urgent need one month after Cyclone Idai slammed southern Africa — UNICEF
“One month after Cyclone Idai devastated parts of Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) appealed to the international community to help some 1.6 million children still reeling from its impact. … Since the cyclone hit Mozambique, cholera has surged to 4,600 cases and malaria to 7,500 cases. UNICEF said that any prolonged interruption to essential services could lead to disease outbreaks and spikes in malnutrition — where children are especially vulnerable…” (4/13).