FOOD AND water scarcity continue to plague areas affected by Cyclone Idai such as Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
Medicinal distribution also seem to be very limited as cases of cholera and malaria outbreak grow substantially.
Residents are forced to fight for food or anything they can get to their mouths, as aid works also struggle to access some of the ravaged areas.
Bread, or pão, can cost anything from 6 to 15 Mozambican metical (R 1.40 – R 4.00), and in a video filmed on Sunday, people living in the district of Nhamatanda are seen scuffling over loaves of bread.
Neigbours SA has seen growing numbers of Samaritans traveling all the way to lend a support where possible.
World’s renowned Gift of the Givers are continuing with their work that at times seems like an impossible task due to inaccessibility of medication and food parcels distribution.
The WHO is dispatching 900,000 doses of oral cholera vaccine to affected areas from a global stockpile. The shipment is expected to be sent later this week.
The death toll in Mozambique from Cyclone Idai has risen to 468, a Mozambican disaster management official said. That takes the total number of deaths in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi above 700 people, with many more missing.
Our thoughts and condolences continue to be with the affected families.
Image (A child stands next to a dilapidated house, surrounded by filthy water that has caused cholera and malaria outbreak in Moz).