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Mozambique: 11 cholera treatment centres established as number of cases continues to rise

01 Apr 2019

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Following Tropical Cyclone Idai, the official death toll rose to 518 as of 1 April, according to the Government, with more than 146,000 people sheltering in 155 sites, including schools and community centres, across the areas of Manica, Sofala, Tete and Zambezia. About 100,000 houses have either been totally or partially destroyed or flooded with numbers expected to rise as access improves and more information becomes available.

The number of cholera cases registered continues to rise. As of today, 1,052 cases have been reported - 959 in Beira (and one death), 6 in Dondo and 87 in Nhamatanda - with 89 people still in treatment centres. 258 cases have been reported just in the last 24 hours.

To ward off waterborne diseases, some 11 cholera treatment centres have been established - nine of which are operational - in Beira and other locations. A cholera vaccination campaign will begin on Wednesday, 3 April. In Beira, one cholera death has been confirmed. There is also a high-risk of the spread of vector-borne diseases with 276 malaria cases also reported in the three areas.

Schools used as shelters


Some 151,000 students cannot go to school because schools have been either destroyed or used as shelter for thousands of people displaced by Cyclone Idai. Credit: OCHA/Saviano Abreu

The use of schools to shelter displaced people, and the destruction of over 3,300 classrooms by the floods is affecting learning for over 150,000 students, according to the Government, which is relocating these people to community centres. As of 30 March, more than 13,000 people ha
ve been reached with shelter assistance. New shelter materials have been received. However, there are still shortages of some items and distribution capacity remains limited.

In connection with the Government’s plan to relocate IDPs from schools, five alternative temporary spaces have been identified. Associated advocacy and planning are ongoing.

Humanitarian actors have called for all population movements to be safe, dignified, voluntary and informed. In 22 sites, it was reported that damaged or destroyed houses are the main reasons preventing people from returning home. Other factors include accessibility, basic infrastructure damage, and a lack of food and livelihoods.