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Families in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe have faced havoc after Cyclone Idai pounded the region with heavy rain and powerful winds.
Idai made landfall in Mozambique’s Sofala region last month before moving across to Zimbabwe and Malawi.
Entire villages were submerged, buildings flattened, and schools and health care centers destroyed. Families are still taking shelter in improvised camps such as school halls.
More than a million children have seen their lives turned upside down in the aftermath of the cyclone - the worst disaster to hit southern Africa in at least two decades.
People have been forced to wait for relief on the rooftops of the few buildings safely above the flood's water level.
©INGC via UNICEF Mozambique
Current conditions – stagnant waters, lack of hygiene and overcrowding in temporary shelters – have led to more than 1,000 confirmed cases of cholera. The disease can kill within hours if left untreated.
UNICEF and partners are working around the clock, delivering nearly 900,000 doses of the cholera vaccine, water purification tablets, oral rehydration salts and nutrition, health and hygiene supplies.
“Our full focus is on protecting the hundreds and thousands of children hit hardest by this cyclone and its ferocious flooding”
Manuel and his brother Fransisco’s home was destroyed after Cyclone Idai tore through the town of Beira, Mozambique. © UNICEF/UN0291165/de Wet AFP-Services
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