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On March 14, 2019, Mozambique was hit by the tropical Cyclone Idai with wind speeds of over 125 mph. In the next few days, the cyclone wreaked havoc in Malawi and Zimbabwe as well. The death toll is expected to reach 1000, while 2.6 million people have been affected. Initial reports indicate significant damage to houses and buildings, including to health facilities and schools. The power systems have been badly hit, while telephone and internet communications are down. The primary cause for concern is the spread of water-borne epidemics.
CARE’s emergency response team, as part of a coalition of humanitarian organisations, have assessed the damage and started distributing relief kits containing temporary shelter items, and hygiene and family packages containing soap, buckets, mosquito nets, blankets, tarpaulins, and water canisters to reduce risk of disease.
You can view pictures of the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai here: http://news.care.org/article/cyclone-idai-aftermath-in-photos/
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