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Waterborne Diseases Pose Threat To 1.85M People Affected By Cyclone Idai In Southern Africa; U.N., IFRC Launch Funding Appeals

Agence France-Presse: Africa cyclone survivors face ‘ticking bomb’ of disease: Red Cross
“A powerful cyclone that pummeled southern African countries earlier this month has left survivors facing ‘a ticking bomb’ of looming disease outbreaks, the Red Cross chief warned Monday. … ‘We are sitting on a ticking bomb,’ Elhadj As Sy, IFRC secretary general told reporters in Geneva after returning from a weekend visit to Mozambique. He pointed to the ‘high risk of water-borne diseases,’ like cholera and typhus — as well as malaria, which is endemic in the region…” (3/25).

Reuters: Around 1.85 mln people affected by cyclone in Mozambique — U.N.
“About 1.85 million people have now been affected by Cyclone Idai and its aftermath in Mozambique alone, U.N. humanitarian agency OCHA said on Tuesday, as aid workers raced to fathom the scale of the disaster and determine what help is most urgently needed…” (Rumney et al., 3/26).

VOA News: Cyclone-hit Mozambique Sitting on a ‘Sanitation, Hygiene Ticking Bomb’
“The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is appealing for $30.5 million to provide life-saving aid for 200,000 of the most vulnerable survivors of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique…” (Schlein, 3/25).

VOA News: U.N. Launches $282 Million Appeal for Mozambique Cyclone Relief
“The top U.N. aid chief says the United Nations is appealing for $282 million to help the victims of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique. Mark Lowcock said Monday the funds will be used for health, water, sanitation, and hygiene issues as well as food security and helping people regain their livelihoods…” (3/25).

Additional coverage of the response to Cyclone Idai is available from Reuters and UPI.