The Stream, March 26: Diarrhea and Cholera Outbreaks Loom in Cyclone-Hit Mozambique

The Global Rundown

Mozambique braces for an outbreak of waterborne diseases following Cyclone Idai. In conflict zones, polluted water kills more children than direct violence, a UNICEF study finds. Sri Lanka begins nationwide power cuts as drought hampers hydropower output. Flash floods kill 17 people and injure dozens in southern Iran. Flooding disrupts water treatment plants Kansas City, Missouri.

“With all that runoff, we’re seeing river conditions like we haven’t seen in more than a decade.” –Brooke Givens, a spokeswoman for KC Water, in reference to water levels along the Missouri River. Flooding in the midwestern United States disrupted water treatment in the Kansas City area over the weekend. Testing by KC Water found high levels of turbidity in the water, raising the possibility of bacteria, viruses, or parasites being present. Reuters

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By The Numbers

686 Latest death toll from Cyclone Idai, which hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi on March 14. The Mozambique government has warned that outbreaks of waterborne diseases, including cholera and diarrhea, are inevitable, and is setting up a cholera prevention and treatment center. Reuters

56,000 People affected by flooding in Iran over the past week. Deadly flash floods hit southern Iran on Monday, killing at least 17 people and injuring more than 70 others. U.S. News & World Report

Science, Studies, And Reports

A new report by UNICEF analyzed data from 16 countries embroiled in long-term conflict and found that children under age five are 20 times more likely to die from waterborne diseases than from direct violence. Children under 15 are three times more likely to die as a result of unsafe water and sanitation. The report notes an increase in targeting of civilian infrastructure such as water plants and hospitals. The Guardian

On The Radar

Sri Lanka is beginning four-hour daily power cuts as drought slashes hydropower output. Experts say the shortfall is due to the government’s failure to construct new power plants. Thomas Reuters Foundation

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