Cyclone Declared Level 3 Emergency

The UN has declared Cyclone Idai a level 3 emergency, putting it on par with Yemen, Syria and South Sudan, the World Food Programme announced Friday.

The cyclone’s official death toll has surpassed 750 across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, and nearly 110,000 people are in camps, AP reported. Survivors, surrounded by stagnant water and decomposing bodies and poor sanitation, now face a heightened risk of infectious diseases.

As feared, typhoid and cholera cases—and an uptick in malaria and diarrheal infections—have been reported in affected areas. More cases are expected, Al Jazeera reported.

Aid groups are “working around the clock” to contain any outbreaks, said health worker Adelbert Da Silva.

Still, relief efforts are “nowhere near the scale and magnitude of the problem,” warns Elhadj As Sy, head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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