Beira — Disease is threatening to aggravate the already dire conditions facing millions of survivors following the powerful tropical cyclone that ravaged Southern Africa 10 days ago, officials warned on Sunday. Cyclone Idai smashed into Mozambique’s coast unleashing hurricane-force wind and rain that flooded swathes of the country before battering eastern Zimbabwe, killing 705 people across the two nations. “It is inevitable that cases of cholera and malaria will arise. In many areas we are already fighting with malaria cases,” said land minister Celso Correia at a briefing in Beira, 1,000km northeast of the capital Maputo. Sebastian Rhodes Stampa, of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, also warned that disease outbreaks in inaccessible areas could be “really problematic”. The World Food Programme said on Friday the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Mozambique is on a par with the situation in Yemen and Syria, which are both in the grip of civil wars. Aid w...

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