Cyclone Idai

Marta and her brother.

It's been four weeks since a massive storm hit large parts of southern Africa, making hundreds of thousands of people homeless. We hear 10-year-old Marta's story.

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Fighting the spread of cholera in cyclone-hit Mozambique

800,000 people have now been vaccinated around city of Beira
It's now nearly 4 weeks since Cyclone Idai struck Africa's East coast. Hundreds of people were killed and hundreds of thousands were displaced in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. So what's the picture like now in Mozambique, where the port city of Beira was particularly badly hit? Michel le Pechoux is the Deputy Representative for UNICEF in Mozambique and has been coordinating relief efforts to combat an outbreak of cholera: 


The UN starts anti-cholera vaccination in Mozambique

It is the worst affected country by Cyclone Idai
900 thousand people are to be vaccinated against cholera in Mozambique, more than two weeks after Cyclone Idai hit the country.The operation is aimed at stopping an outbreak of the water-borne disease. Michel Le Pechoux, the Deputy Representative for UNICEF in Mozambique, spoke to BBC Newsday.

(Picture: Patients who have diarrhea are accommodated in a treatment tent in Beira. Credit: Yasuyoshi CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Burying and identifying the dead after Cyclone Idai

A forensic expert on the ground describes the challenges in western Mozambique
The flood waters caused by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique are beginning to recede. But as the water level drops, new devastation emerges. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their homes and many have lost family members. The International Committee of the Red Cross is supporting flood affected communities to recover bodies, identify them and to bury them in clearly marked graves. In this clip, Stephen Fonseca, the ICRC forensic expert working in the province of Manica in western Mozambique, describes the challenges that he and his colleagues face.

(Photo: Family members carry a coffin in Beira, Mozambique Credit: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko)

"Bring tinned food, toiletries and clothes to Wesley Methodist Church in Reading"

"Bring tinned food and clothes to Wesley Methodist Church in Reading." Alice Mpofu Coles
Bridgitte chats to Alice Mpofu Coles from the Zimbabwean community in Reading and finds out what they are doing to help survivors of cyclone Idai.
Mozambique cyclone: 'I hope that help arrives soon'
Two weeks on from Cyclone Idai, BBC's Nomsa Maseko reports on the on-going problems in Mozambique.

Cyclone Idai: Search and rescue operation ends

Jose Tembe

BBC Africa, Maputo

People on a roof top
People had to be rescued from rooftops and trees

Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi has announced that the search and rescue operation to find survivors from Cyclone Idai, which hit two weeks ago, is now over.

Speaking from the port city of Beira, where the cyclone made landfall on 14 March, the president said: "The team remains vigilant on the ground and ready to intervene whenever the situation demands."

Mr Nyusi said a new phase in the recovery operation was beginning to help those affected and rebuild the education, health, energy, transport, industry and trade sectors, which were all devastated by the cyclone.

The authorities in Mozambique say that 493 people died as a result of Cyclone Idai.

Cyclone Idai: Sharp rise in cholera cases

BBC World Service

Medicas scrubbing beds
Medical workers are getting cholera treatment centres ready

The government of Mozambique says the number of confirmed cases of cholera linked to Cyclone Idai has risen sharply to 139, all of them in the devastated port city of Beira.

Thousands more are being treated for diarrhoea, an early symptom of cholera, which has killed at least two people.

The World Health Organization says its first objective is to control the outbreak.

It's awaiting nearly one million doses of cholera vaccine, which will be administered next week.

But the UN children's fund, Unicef, says there's little time to prevent the spread of opportunistic diseases, given prevailing conditions which include contaminated stagnant water.

The cyclone killed more than 450 people, battering not only Mozambique but also neighbouring Malawi and Zimbabwe.