Threat Of Disease Spread Rises In Cyclone-Hit Southern Africa; Idai Heavily Impacting Children, UNICEF Says

Agence France-Presse: Disease fears mount for Africa cyclone survivors
“Disease is threatening to aggravate the already dire conditions facing millions of survivors following the powerful tropical cyclone which ravaged southern Africa 10 days ago, officials warned on Sunday…” (3/24).

The Telegraph: Disease stalks cyclone disaster zone as the world scrambles to fly more help in
“…The U.N. and the International Red Cross said humanitarian efforts were struggling to keep pace with the scale of the disaster and warned many more deaths were likely in the days and weeks ahead…” (Catueira/Blomfield, 3/22).

U.N. News: Cyclone Idai: UNICEF warns of ‘race against time’ to protect children, prevent spread of disease in flood-ravaged Mozambique
“… ‘We are in a race against time to help and protect children in the disaster-ravaged areas of Mozambique,’ UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said at the end of a visit to Beira, one of the areas worst affected by Cyclone Idai. According to initial government estimates, 1.8 million people across the country, including 900,000 children, have been affected by the cyclone which slammed into the country last week. However, many areas are still not accessible and UNICEF and partners on the ground know that the final numbers will be much higher…” (3/23).

Additional coverage of the impacts of Cyclone Idai is available from Al Jazeera, Deutsche Welle, The Guardian, New Humanitarian, Reuters (2), TIME, U.N. News, VOA News (2), and Washington Post.

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