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Cyclone Kenneth:Cholera hits Mozambique

 CARE USA has discovered fourteen cholera cases in Mozambique due to sustained rains caused by Cyclone Kenneth, and more expected to rise as flash floods continue.

In a statement, eleven of these people are from the port town of Pemba and three in the district of Mecufi.

Humanitarian Director of CARE Daw Mohamed said they are committing more staff to support the affected people to ensure that they curb the disease before it spreads further.

“From our previous experience responding to Cyclone Idai (which struck Mozambique in March 2019), we anticipated such a situation to happen. We have already mobilized hygiene kits and sanitation supplies, which will be in the affected districts imminently. However, the needs remain more than we handle so massive support is required in funds, expertise and resources,” said Mohamed.

Mohamed also said during their assessment time they have noticed that people in the most affected districts are drinking water from unprotected wells.

“The situation is dire, and we need to move in fast if we are to avert an outbreak as one that hit Beira in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai,” he said

Cyclone Kenneth struck while Mozambique was still struggling to deal with the impact of Cyclone Idai which hammered the country’s central region last month. Idai destroyed the port city of Beira caused devastating floods. The Cyclone was blamed for the deaths of more than one thousand people across Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi.

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