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First Cholera Death Confirmed in Cyclone-Hit Mozambique as Over 500 Cases Are Reported

The first death from cholera has been confirmed in the cyclone-hit port city of Beira, with cases of the disease almost doubling in Mozambique in the past 24 hours, health officials say.
Cyclone Idai, which hit on 14 March, caused massive flooding and killed more than 700 people across southern Africa.
More than 500 cases of cholera have since been reported in Beira.
Aid efforts in Mozambique are now focused on containing the disease, with a large vaccination campaign under way.
Some 517 cases of the disease had been reported by Sunday, up from the figure of 271 announced on Saturday, National Director for Medical Assistance Ussene Isse said on public television.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said that at least 900,000 vaccine doses would be arriving in the port city this week.
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Rescue Workers Struggle to Reach Survivors After Cyclone Idai Devastates Mozambique in Southern Africa’s Worst Natural Disaster in 20 Years

An area outside the coastal city of Beira in central Mozambique on Tuesday.Adrien Barbier/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Rescue workers struggled Tuesday to reach areas devastated by a huge cyclone in Mozambique, as heavy rains swelled rivers and further isolated flooded communities in what aid agencies called the worst natural disaster in southern Africa in two decades.
In central Mozambique, the area hit hardest by Cyclone Idai, overflowing rivers created “an inland ocean” where countless people were still marooned, a United Nations official said.
Rescue workers reported seeing people on rooftops and in trees days after the storm struck. In areas near the rivers, homes were submerged, with water rising near the tops of telephone poles.
“We took an aerial survey, and as far as ...

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Earthquake, Flash Floods in Indonesia Leave Over 80 People Dead

In this March 17, 2019, photo, people carry an injured earthquake survivor in Bayan, North Lombok, Indonesia. Officials say an earthquake has triggered a landslide that hit a popular waterfall on Indonesia’s Lombok island. (AP Photo/Bimbo)
The number of people killed after torrential downpours triggered flash floods and mudslides that tore through mountainside villages in Indonesia’s easternmost province has climbed to 79, with dozens of others missing, officials said Monday.
On Sunday, the disaster-prone country was hit by an earthquake, triggering a landslide that hit a popular waterfall on the tourist island of Lombok, killing at least three people and damaging hundreds of homes.
The worst-hit area from the flooding was Sentani subdistrict, where tons of mud, rocks and trees from a la...

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Communities in South Carolina Race to Beat Dangerous Flooding

Flooding is seen in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., September 19, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media on September 21, 2018. ALAN CRADICK, CAPE FEAR RIVER WATCH/via REUTERS
South Carolina communities along waterways near the Atlantic coast were racing on Saturday to prepare for the possible onslaught of dangerous flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which has killed at least 40 people.
Towns and cities across the state were filling thousands of sandbags, finalizing evacuation plans and organizing rescue crews as they nervously watched swollen rivers rise near or beyond their flood stages, a week after Florence dumped some three feet of rain on the region.
In Lee’s Landing, a community in Horry County, a county of 290,000 people on the Atlantic Coast tha...

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77 People Killed as Torrential Rains and Flooding Batter India’s Kerala

Indian residents look at the Shiva Temple submerged after the release of water from Idamalayar dam following heavy rains in Kochi on August 9, 2018. – At least 20 people were killed on August 9 in landslides triggered by heavy rains in southern India, an official said, pushing the nationwide monsoon death toll for this year to over 700. (Photo credit: -/AFP/Getty Images)
Torrential rains continue to batter the southern Indian state of Kerala for the seventh day in a row, causing widespread flooding and landslides that have led to the deaths of at least 77 people.

As water levels continue to rise, a red alert has been sounded across all districts in the state, which is a popular tourist destination...

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76 People Dead, 92 Missing as Heavy Rains Continue to Hammer Southern Japan

This picture shows an aerial view of flooded houses in Saka Town, Hiroshima prefecture on July 7, 2018. – The death toll from record downpours in Japan jumped to at least 20, with more than 1.9 million people ordered to evacuate on July 7, as heavy rain continued to strike large areas in the west of the country. (Photo credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Searches continued Sunday night for victims of heavy rainfall that hammered southern Japan for the third straight day, as the government put the death toll at 48, with 28 others presumed dead.

Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the whereabouts of 92 other people were unknown, mostly in the southern area of Hiroshima prefecture. More than 100 reports of casualties had been received, such as cars being swept away, he said...

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