Mozambique Confirms First Cholera Cases In Wake Of Cyclone Idai; U.N. Chief Warns Storm Represents ‘Alarm Bell’ On Climate Change

Associated Press: 1st cholera cases confirmed in Mozambique’s cyclone-hit city
“The first cases of cholera have been confirmed in the cyclone-ravaged city of Beira, Mozambican authorities announced on Wednesday, raising the stakes in an already desperate fight to help hundreds of thousands of people sheltering in increasingly squalid conditions. The five cholera cases were confirmed in Munhava, one of the poorest neighborhoods in the hard-hit port city, the national director of medical assistance, Ussene Isse, told reporters…” (Ntshangase, 3/27).

Reuters: Destructive Cyclone Idai rings ‘alarm bell’ on climate change: U.N. chief
“Cyclone Idai’s deadly hit has left some 1.85 million people in need of assistance in Mozambique in a catastrophe that United Nations chief Ant√≥nio Guterres said on Tuesday rang ‘yet another alarm bell’ about climate change. Guterres described Idai, which flattened homes and caused massive flooding after slamming into Mozambique near the port of Beira on March 14, as ‘an uncommonly fierce and prolonged storm’…” (Rumney/Eisenhammer, 3/26).

Additional coverage of the damage from and response to Cyclone Idai is available from Associated Press, New York Times, NPR, Reuters, and VOA News (2).