Cholera outbreak in northern Mozambique

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Officials declared a cholera outbreak in northern Mozambique a week after cyclone winds, floods and heavy rains hit the area.

Cyclone Kenneth crashed into Cabo Delgado province last week, flattening entire villages with winds of up to 280 km/h and killing at least 41 people.

Fourteen cases of cholera have been detected, 11 in the port town Pemba and three in the Mecufi district, provincial health director, Anastacia Lidimba, told local television station STV.

Kenneth struck while Mozambique was still struggling to deal with the impact of Cyclone Idai, which hammered the country’s central region six weeks earlier.

Idai destroyed the port city Beira and caused devastating floods leaving health officials and international aid agencies battling cholera. The cyclone killed more 1,000 people across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

The World Health Organisation said at least 188,676 people were in need of health assistance or were at risk of disease with 17 health facilities damaged and expected to increase as inaccessible areas open up.

This is the first time on record two powerful storms had hit the southern African country in such a short time wrecking homes, flattening villages and destroying crops.