Before and after shots show extent of Mozambique devastation

Houses farms and crops were destroyed when Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique

Houses farms and crops were destroyed when Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique

Cyclone survivors leave the Ngangu township with their belongings to Chimanimani Hotel where hundreds are sheltered on 18 March 2019 in Ngangu township Chimanimani, Manicaland Province, eastern Zimbabwe, after the area was hit by the cyclone Idai.

The cyclone made landfall on the evening of 14/15 March near the city of Beira, Mozambique's fourth largest city with a population of over 500,000.

The five cholera cases were confirmed in Munhava, one of the poorest neighbourhoods in the hard-hit port city of Beira, the national director of medical assistance, Ussene Isse, told reporters.

"You know, cholera is an epidemic situation", he said. "What she did is one of the most remarkable acts of compassion I have ever seen", said Mr Masiyiwa.

And the fear of worse to come as the full impact of the devastation takes hold: malnourishment where crops were washed away, diseases like cholera that may spread, and the death toll - now creeping over 750 - likely to rise as the waters recede. "We have 900,000 doses of OCV and cholera vaccination arriving this weekend to try and get ahead of what might be an outbreak".

Health workers were opening clinics across Beira, the center of relief operations for the region. Some people are even resorting to drinking stagnant water by the side of the road.

The aid group said it has seen hundreds of cases of acute watery diarrhea in the past few days. Gert Verdonck is the group's emergency official in Beira. It will have solar power and running water.

Unicef, the United Nations children's agency, said parts of the city's water supply system were working again, with "water running in 60% of the pipes".

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Meanwhile, South African relief organisation the Gift of the Givers said water purification systems would be set up in cyclone-ravaged Mozambique. The government is also operating water trucks.

Aid operations continued to explore ways to send aid to the city, which is reachable only by air and sea.

More humanitarian actors arrived as the United Nations urges the global community to fund a $282-million USA emergency appeal for the next three months.

It then spread to neighbouring Zimbabwe and Malawi.

In a televised speech to the nation, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said Pope Francis will visit the devastated country in September. "A lot of people, especially Christians, think pastors are the only ones that should be helped", she said. They said the actual figure may never be known.

The cyclone had winds of up to 240 kilometers an hour and destroyed whole villages.

A girl collected artificial flowers from the rubble of a building destroyed by Cyclone Idai in Beira, Mozambique. Susan Shand adapted it for VOA Learning English.

"This is the biblical "widow's mite", Masiyiwa wrote on Facebook.

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