Parts of southern Africa have been left devastated after Cyclone Idai swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Hundreds of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands more affected.
Even though the cyclone hit Mozambique over a week ago, aid agencies are warning that the disaster is getting worse. Here are some reasons why.
made landfall near the port city of Beira on Thursday March 14, and the
subsequent flood submerged much of the city.
agencies warn that other areas continue to be at risk of becoming submerged.
because it is still raining.
including the Buzi, burst their banks after rain in Zimbabwe and Malawi at the
weekend, sending even more torrents of water into Mozambique.
rivers risk bursting their banks, says Rotafina Donco, Oxfam programme manager
She told BBC Newsday
that this rain was affecting most of the rivers in Mozambique that flow into
the Indian Ocean.
She said she expected
As late as Tuesday, she
received information that people in Manica province, near the Zimbabwean
border, much further inland from the epicentre of the crisis, Beira, were
stranded on rooftops because one of the rivers had burst and the area had
waters are expected to rise by up to eight metres, putting at least 350,000
people at risk, says the Disaster Emergencies Committee (DEC).
situation is playing out in Zimbabwe.
spokesperson for the UN World Food Programme said in a statement that heavy
rains in Manicaland and Masvingo provinces continue to cause massive
Marowanyati dam in Buhera, Manicaland has overflowed, raising river levels, he
of cholera could lead to the death toll increasing exponentially.
spread through human waste in the water supply.
water itself isn’t the primary risk. Instead the risk comes because the
existing drinking water supplies have been damaged by the flooding.
people are finding it harder to find safe water. Larger groups of people are
also sharing the same water supply, which increases the risk of cholera
“It’s bound to rear its head at some point,” says Paolo Cernuschi, Zimbabwe Country Director at the International Rescue Committee. –BBC
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