Officials last week recorded 14 cholera cases in northern Mozambique after the second cyclone to hit the country this season destroyed thousands of homes and affected about 226,000 people. At least 41 people died after Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in the city of Pemba in Cabo Delgado province on April 25, with sustained winds of 136 miles per hour.
Provincial health director Anastacia Lidimo said officials recorded 11 cholera cases in Pemba and three in the neighboring district of Mecufi.
“We were already prepared for that—the healthcare sector has been on the alert since Cyclone Kenneth started,” Lidimo said.
On the hard-hit island of Ibo, home to about 6,000 residents, the storm destroyed the roofs of a majority of homes. Contaminated wells raised concerns about access to clean drinking water, and the cyclone left the district’s hospital in ruins.
“The roof is damaged, the food is wet, the medicines are wet, we can’t take anything away, nothing,” Ali Omar, the hospital’s director, told Sky News.
On March 14, Cyclone Idai made landfall on the central port city of Beira, killing 600 people. A cholera outbreak there affected more than 5,000 people. —O.O.