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Number of cases of cholera, Mozambique after cyclone rises to 271

The number of cases of cholera in Mozambique after the devastating cyclone Idai, has risen to 271. That reports Reuters news agency Saturday.

According to the government of the Southern African country is the number in 48 hours almost doubled.

Practitioners and the government to try together the spread of the disease to stop. At the opening of a temporary treatment centre in Beira said the Mozambican minister of Land and Environment, Celso Correia that 138 of 271 people in medical centers had arrived.

Correia reported that there were still no deaths were recorded. However, there would have been two people died, the consequences of dehydration and diarrhea, the symptoms of cholera.

The world health organization (WHO), nearly a million doses choleravaccin to Mozambique sent. There are still medical professionals from all over the world on the way to the disaster area.

Doctors without Borders says in the city of Beira two hundred possible cholerapatiënten per day to treat. The assistance is in the coming days scaled up, for example, with the opening of a large cholerabehandelcentrum.

Urgent need for food and drinking water

Several aid agencies, including the Red Cross, are in Mozambique to the population to support it. Residents are in dire need of food and clean drinking water. The Dutch Red Cross has Giro 7244 opened to raise money.

The government said Friday, via the Dutch Red Cross a further 1.7 million euros for assistance to be made available. Last week, it was announced that the Netherlands via the auxiliary 3.5 million euros, contributing to emergency relief in the disaster area.

Dutch churches have also been more than 850.000 euros was raised for the victims.

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Helicopter provides Mozambikanen of food after cyclone Idai

Houses of half a million people destroyed

According to the United Nations are the homes of a half million people fully or partially demolished by the cyclone. Understand the areas where poverty is high are the most affected.

Certainly 3,000 square km of land is under water. The entire scope of the disaster is therefore difficult to map.

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