MAPUTO, Mozambique -- A total of 139 cases of cholera have been confirmed in Mozambique in the wake of cyclone Idai, a high-ranking employee of the Health Ministry told state broadcaster Mozambique on Thursday.
A day earlier, authorities had confirmed just five cases of the waterborne disease in the flood-ravaged country.
A total of five people have already died as a result of the disease, said Ussene Issa, National Director of Medical Assistance.
The World Health Organization has already shipped some 900,000 doses of an oral cholera vaccine to Mozambique. The WHO is also providing expertise to set up cholera treatment centers.
Two weeks ago, Idai hit southern Africa, with Mozambique bearing the brunt but parts of Zimbabwe and Malawi also devastated.
President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi said rescue operations for people in flooded areas have ended. Authorities are now focusing on providing people with supplies and preparing for reconstruction.
About 700 people have died as a result of the storm and its aftermath, according to government figures, but aid workers say the number is likely much higher.
Up to 500,000 people have been made homeless as 91,000 homes were destroyed by the cyclone.
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